5 Chinese New Year Traditions That Other Races May Not Know

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Malaysia is a diverse country with multiple ethnicities and cultures. During festivals, all ethnic groups will come together to celebrate, exchange blessings, share food, and joyously partake in occasions such as Aidilfitri, Deepavali, Christmas, and the Chinese New Year.

Malaysians have unique ways of celebrating the Chinese New Year, including singing Chinese New Year songs, setting off fireworks, giving and receiving red packets (ang pow), and enjoying traditional New Year delicacies. However, how much do you know about the unique Chinese New Year traditions, culture, and beliefs associated with it?

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1. Put up spring couplets

Blessing characters and spring couplets are the most widely bought decorations by Chinese people to decorate their homes for the Chinese New Year. Hanging the spring couplets is a tradition for Chinese families, signifying the beginning of the New Year and enhancing the festive mood while also seeking protection from bad spirits.

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2. God of Fortune

Traditionally, Chinese culture has always placed a high importance on riches, and as a result, they celebrate and offer prayers to the God of Fortune. On Chinese New Year’s Eve, the Chinese would typically make sacrifices at home after reunion dinner to call upon the God of Fortune to visit them in the New Year and bestow fortune upon all.

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3. Staying Up Late

Moreover, one of the Chinese New Year traditions is staying up late or all night on the eve of the holiday. The purpose of this tradition is to wish the elder members of their family a long life. The elders will also give the angpow on the night of New Year’s Eve.

However, many young people these days increasingly lose sight of this custom and stay up late just for pleasure.

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4. Wear red

The color red symbolizes the Chinese New Year. On the first day of Chinese New Year, they will opt to dress in red. According to Chinese tradition, the color red is auspicious, good luck, and a means of warding off bad luck. It also exudes a lively, celebratory vibe. Hence, everyone would opt to wear red, symbolizing a prosperous and fortunate existence throughout the entire year instead of wearing black on Chinese New Year.

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5. Spring cleaning

At the beginning of the year, spring cleaning is essential as a mark of a fresh start. According to the lunar calendar, the 28th day of the last month is considered a suitable day for cleaning. People will take down any outdated decorations and clean your house once more on this day to greet the new year.

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