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Traditions of the Chinese New Year: A Celebration of Culture and Customs

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  1. Family reunions
  2. NianYeFan
  3. Elders Giving YaSuiQian
  4. New Year Decorations
  5. Lion and Dragon Dance Performances

The Chinese New Year, known as the Spring Festival in China, heralds a time of rich tradition and celebration. Rooted in the symbolic gesture of shedding the old to embrace the new, this annual festivity is marked by a myriad of time-honored activities. From the captivating lion and dragon dances to the bustling temple fairs and vibrant flower markets, these customs have stood the test of time, weaving a tapestry of cultural significance. Let us explore how the people of China uphold the cherished traditions of the Chinese New Year.

1. Family reunions

The Chinese New Year embodies the spirit of family reunion, a cherished tradition where loved ones gather to usher in the festivities. Families across China come together during the Spring Festival, sharing stories of the past and dreams for the future, while partaking in sumptuous meals and engaging in various New Year activities.

2. NianYeFan

Nian Ye Fan, a traditional Chinese activity observed on the eve of the Spring Festival, is a time for families to gather and share a celebratory meal. Staples like NianGao (sticky rice cakes), spring rolls, and dumplings grace the table, symbolizing luck and reunion. Adorned in red, a hue signifying warmth and blessings, attire such as Silkinc’s rusted red swan goose cheongsam, traditional collared dragon silk jackets, and dragon-inspired scarves perfectly complement the colors and atmosphere of the Chinese New Year.

Silkinc Swan Goose Backless Cheongsam (Swan Cheongsam)

Silkinc Collared Dragon Silk Jacket (Dragon Coat)

Silkinc Main Dragon Silk Scarf

3. Elders Giving YaSuiQian

In a custom steeped in history, elders gift younger generations YaSuiQian, a symbolic gesture to ward off the ghost "Sui" and bestow blessings for safety and good fortune. Coins placed in red envelopes illuminate the legend, offering protection and prosperity to the recipients.

4. New Year Decorations

Adorning homes with festive decorations is a customary practice during the Spring Festival, believed to ward off negativity and invoke blessings of longevity, health, and peace. In the Year of the Dragon, decorations featuring dragon motifs abound, including traditional Chinese red lanterns, door couplets, and paper cuttings all drenched in auspicious red hues.

Chinese Red Lanterns

From Philippe LEJEANVRE

Paper cuttings

From Pinterest

5. Lion and Dragon Dance Performances

The rich symbolism of dragons in Chinese history permeates the tradition of the Chinese New Year, epitomizing wisdom, power, and prosperity. Dragon dances, a customary sight during festive occasions, serve to dispel evil spirits and usher in an era of abundance. Silkinc’s CNY collections pay homage to this tradition, featuring original inked dragon patterns that convey blessings and well wishes.

Silkinc Mandarin Dragon Silk Shirt

Silkinc Dragon Eye Mask

Embrace the spirit of the upcoming Year of the Dragon with Silkinc’s collections, designed to immerse you in the joyous festivities of the Chinese New Year. Let our garments transport you into the heart of Chinese celebrations, where tradition meets modern elegance, and the promise of a prosperous new year awaits.

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