Pre-Chinese New Year Preparations

January 13, 2022 0 Comments

Pre-Chinese New Year Preparations

Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year in China. It is celebrated all over the world, especially those countries with large Chinese communities. Working people get enough time to leave their jobs to travel or be home to see their loved ones.

This year’s Lunar New Year falls on February first, and expect that as the event is approaching, you can see red lanterns dangling all over Chinatown. Red is associated with luck and prosperity, and you can see all the fiery hues on Chinese new year’s decorations and clothing. There are various traditions and superstitions that people follow to make sure that the year ahead is lucky and prosperous.

Dos Before the New Year

House Cleaning

House Cleaning

One of the things that people all over the globe do to avoid bad luck is to clean their homes. Cleaning your house thoroughly before the Lunar New Year’s eve can help make sure that your family removes the bad luck from the previous year and welcomes the good fortune that is coming. Cleaning your house thoroughly before the Lunar New Year’s eve can help make sure that your house gets rid of bad luck from the previous year and welcomes the good fortune that is coming.



Although the aim is to get rid of any bad luck that’s accumulated over the past year, sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, dusting, steaming, and vacuuming isn’t enough to get your home perfectly clean. To do that, you need reliable cleaning materials for your house to be perfectly clean.


One of the cleaning products that can kill molds and bacteria on most surfaces is the Gelair™ All Purpose Steriliser & Cleaner. It has tea tree oil known to stop the growth of moulds, such as grout and silicone.
When it comes to bathroom cleaning, you can use the Gelair™ gel matrix in an all-purpose Tub that can handle low volume areas like bathrooms, toilets, and wardrobes. Using this tea tree oil vapour provides maintenance-free and long-lasting protection against molds, viruses, and bacteria. It treats air, dust and even controls microorganisms to help reduce household odors. It is environment friendly that deodorises your home keeping your family shielded against germs, bacteria, and diseases.
One of the ways to make sure that your home is fresh and clean is to ensure that your aircon works properly. Gelair™ Aircon Cleaner can kill mould and bacteria in air conditioning systems. You can apply directly to coils and vents to stop the growth of mould.

This aircon cleaner Gelair™ Aircon Cleaner has a cleaning power and sterilises at the same time. It has a special formulation that cleans and penetrates dirty areas to allow cleaning and sterilising.

On the other hand, Gelair Health-e Split is used to prevent recirculating moulds, bacteria, and viruses in our room.

New Year Shopping

New Year Shopping
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.

Putting Up New Year Decorations

Putting Up New Year Decorations
Many people decorate their houses several days before the festival, but for some, they do it on New Year’s eve. Houses are filled with red lanterns, red spring couplets, paper cuttings, and New Year's paintings. These decorations are believed to keep evil away and pray for blessings, health, longevity, and peace.

Pasting Red paper couplets and window paper-cuts. It has been a tradition that if you start the year in the red, you should end it that way too. Red has been a sign of good fortune in Chinese culture. It is part of the tradition to write good things and wishes on red paper and put them on doors. It is believed to block bad things from coming into your house in the new year and make sure that good wishes come true. Red paper-cuts are also pasted on windows for the same reason. So make sure not to leave out the rat paper-cuts.

Eating lucky foods

Eating lucky foods
Food is the center of the Lunar New Year celebration similar to all other holidays. The Spring festival dinner is the most important meal which happens on Lunar New Year’s Eve, wherein the foods associated with good luck are served. These foods are rice cakes, fish, dates, and mandarin oranges.

Handing out and receiving red envelopes

Handing out and receiving red envelopes
Lunar New Year is the most awaited event for children in China. Except for the tantalising food and fun activities during the holiday, senior families give out red envelopes with money to younger family members. In some other parts of China, married couples customarily send red envelopes to their single friends.

Staying up late

It has been a custom of Chinese people to stay up all night on New Year’s eve, but not most stay up until midnight until the firecrackers and fireworks die down.

It is time to say goodbye to the Ox and hello to the Year of the Tiger. Traditions and celebrations are different all over China, but it has the same aim. The New Year celebration is about leaving the bad luck in the previous year and welcoming the good fortune brought about by the new year. For people celebrating across the world, this can be your guide on what to prepare for the Lunar New Year.

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