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The Chinese new year is just a few days away and all you want to do is indulge in some good food, music, and a host of activities that will excite and charm you with the joy and cheer that Chinese New Year spreads.
Though it is based on Chinese traditions, Chinese New Year is celebrated by ethnic Chinese and East Asian communities from around the world, many of whom have their own variations and traditions that were formed over time.
Here are 5 Unique Chinese New Year Activities in Asian Countries:
In Korea, a custom known as Sebeh is a traditionally observed activity on Seollal( New Year) in which children wish their elders (grandparents, aunts and uncles, parents) a happy new year by bowing to their feet and wishing them luck and prosperity int he New Year. They also play folk games such as Yunnori, a family board game which is still played in the present day. The family men fly kites which are particularly rectangular in shape and girls and women play on a see-saw.
The Japanese visit the temples and ring the bells on New year’s eve. They ring the bells 108 times to symbolise the 108 human sins in Buddhist belief, and to get rid of the 108 worldly desires. They also have a delicious platter of traditional dishes and eat a kind of noodles called Toshikoshi soba on the New Year’s Eve.
Don’t ever miss the spectacular Chingay parade held during the Chinese New Year in Singapore. It has a host of cultural performances and brings various cultures across Singapore at one place. The Chingay parade is the largest, most colourful street performance and float parade in Asia.
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Chinese New year is also a time for families to come together and feast on some authentic Chinese delicacies that are specially made during the festival. The New Year’s Eve reunion dinner is a mandatory custom and an age-old tradition to feast on delicacies which symbolises a good start to the new year while also bonding the family. The New Year’s Eve dinner is quite a sumptuous fare and includes traditional dishes on the menu, such as dumplings, chicken and pork.
The exchanging of red packets is a customs that is quite common to most Chinese and Asian communities during Chinese New Year, including those of the mainland Chinese and Japanese. The red packets have money in it and exchanging them during Chinese new year is known to bring luck and prosperity.
Now isn’t that enough reasons for you to celebrate Chinese New year and usher in some luck.
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