Before the Chinese New Year’s eve, people buy New year’s food and snacks, some decorations, new clothes, and fireworks. Chinese New Year celebration is also a boom time for shopping. On the days leading up to the festival, there are many New Year’s street markets. Chinese people are known to be thrifty, but they spend generously during traditional festivals like the Lunar New Year. They like to buy everyone clothes for the new year.
In the early hours of the new year, new clothes such as the auspicious red color are bought and worn for the first time. The red color is believed to scare the monster away, and it symbolises a good start. Getting new haircuts and visiting the barber is necessary as it also symbolises a fresh start. However, washing one’s hair during the first three days of the New Year is considered bad luck because doing so will wash out the good fortune. For some, they take a bath with pomelo leaves the night before the new year as the fruit is known to enhance abundance, prosperity, having children, and good health in the year to come.
Symbolising rebirth and new growth, life, fresh blooming plants, especially pots of kumquat representing gold, hence fortune and wealth or various other flowers can be found in Chinese homes.