Beautiful Customs from the Chinese New Year Celebrations

Design Inspiration | February 7th 2013

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.

Lantern Snake

Chinese New Year 2013

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.

 

New Year Lions and Dragons Dance

Chinese New Year 2013

Lantern Dragon

Chinese New Year 2013

DIY Hang Bao

Chinese New Year 2013

Tea Ceremony

Chinese New Year 2013

Coin Necklace 

Chinese New Year 2013

New Year Dumplings

Chinese New Year 2013

Open Rice Snake Buns

Chinese New Year 2013

My Cupcake Story: Chinese Zodiac Signs 

Chinese New Year 2013

Chines New Year Cupcakes 

Chinese New Year 2013

Alpha 254′s unique Orange Packaging 

Chinese New Year 2013

 


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