How to celebrate Chinese New Year

chinesenewyearChinese New Year is on 31st January and this year we see the Year of the Snake end and celebrate the New Year of the Horse, which is said to bring prosperity and wealth!

The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, meaning the date is indicated by the moon phase and the solar year.  

If you’re in London, you can check out the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia this weekend!

If you can’t make it to the celebrations, check out some ideas on how to celebrate below:

chinesenewyearfoodCook up a feast

Why not cook up a traditional Chinese meal and invite some friends over. John Lewis have some lovely tableware that will go great with your food! If you’re not that good a cook, you can always order take-out from Just-Eat or Hungry House for a yummy treat!

Get your supplies from Tesco who donate £2.50 to your charity if you are a new customer

decorationsDecorate your home

Give as you Live retailer, Ocado, have a great ‘how to’ sheet on how to ‘Make your own Chinese lantern

Get your supplies from Hobbycraft who donate up to 5.00% to your charity

cleaningClean your house

It is traditional to clean your home in time for New Year as it is believed that you ‘sweep away the bad luck’ of the old year and make way for the good luck to start entering – cleaning never felt so good!

Get your supplies from Sainsbury’s who donate 50p to your charity

redenvelopesVisit your friends and family

In Chinese culture this is the most important time to connect with your loved ones and celebrate together. Traditionally, Angpau (red envelopes often filled with money or treats’), are given to the unmarried from the married to continue prosperity.

Travel with the Trainline to raise 1.75% for your charity