Chinese New Year traditions for the modern age

For many of us, Chinese New Year has always been a special and festive time when we were growing up. As kids, Chinese New Year meant fireworks, playing with cousins, new clothes, and of course, ang pows. But as adults, many of the rituals associated with the spring festival can sometimes seem outdated and unnecessary, especially in this day and age. We believe, however, Chinese New Year traditions can be meaningful and even fun! Much like the New Year’s resolution, mindfully carrying out the following rituals can help you set a positive tone for the year ahead.

According to Chinese superstition, trimming your hair in the first days of the New Year will result in severing your good luck, so people tend to go for cuts in the days preceding the festival. Whether you’re a believer or not, this is a great excuse to get a fresh look for the new year! Why not try out a style that you’ve always admired? For Chinese New Year appropriate locks, try the trendy rose gold ombre dye. After all, you only live once, and a new year is a great reason to try new things and change up your look!

For the Chinese, wearing new clothes on New Year’s Day symbolises a new start and fresh hopes for the year ahead, so why not consider this as the time to start dressing for the person you want to be in the new year? What we wear is often a signal of who we are, and it’s well known that the right outfit can make a person more confident, so take this as the opportunity to update your wardrobe to reflect the ‘you’ you want to be in the Year of the Rooster.

Spring cleaning before the New Year to sweep out the previous year’s bad luck is a key part of Chinese New Year superstition. Now, we know this isn’t one of the more fun rituals, but it certainly does help you start the new year on the right note. After all, studies have shown that mess and chaos in the home can lead to stress, while cleaning has been found to be a mood booster and a clean home leads to healthier lives.

According to Feng Shui masters, Lunar New Year is a great time to clear out old stagnant energy in the home to make space for new positive energy. Many of us may have doubts about Feng Shui, but there is merit in the practice; scientific studies have shown that our environment can greatly impact our mood and decisions. To rejuvenate the energy in the house, Feng Shui experts recommend using the vibrant and refreshing scent of oranges. Try Poetree’s citrusy home fragrance inspired by the kumquat tree, Island Bouquet, for a great and easy way to liven up the energy in your home.

The most important part of Chinese New Year is, of course, gathering with your loved ones. In fact, the reunion dinner on the eve of the new year is believed to be the most important meal of the year. With the busy lives that we lead, Chinese New Year provides the perfect occasion to spend time with the friends and family we don’t see nearly enough throughout the year.

During Chinese New Year, ang pows are given to children, unmarried adults, and seniors in hopes of bestowing happiness and blessings unto them. What a great way to start off a new year: with a generous spirit. As you give and receive ang pows, or even as you exchange gifts when you’re out visiting friends and family, we encourage you to think of it as a reminder to be generous and kindhearted all year round. After all, research has proven that kindness begets kindness, and it would be so nice if we could help make the Year of the Rooster a great one for each other.


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