On February 10th, dozens of millions of Chinese all over the world will be celebrating the Chinese New Year and welcoming the Year of the Snake. The two-weeks festivities that follow will be filled with colors, sounds, dances, food and many fascinating traditions. If you never had the chance to witness Chinese New Year celebrations before, you should definitely go this year and check it out. It is one of the most beautiful and enchanting scenes you will get to experience in your urban space.
In case you won’t be able to see it with your own eyes, or if you would like to prepare yourself for attending the events, we brought together some of the most interesting and beautiful traditions that are being honored during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Some of these images may seem familiar – like the colorful lanterns or the Dance of the Dragon – but you will be surprised to discover little known customs, like exchanging oranges as gifts for good luck and packing them in unique and creative packages; or the Hang Bao (“red envelope”) tradition of giving money in beautiful envelopes; also, did you know that you should be careful when eating New Year’s dumplings? One of them will have a coin hidden in it. Biting into it may not taste so good, but it means that you will be very lucky during the new year.