January 28, 2016
8th February – the Spring Festival is one of the most important in the Chinese calendar, marking the first day of the Lunar calendar and also known as the festival of reunion; no matter how far away people are they will try their best to come back home. The New Year is celebrated with firecrackers and illuminated lights to scare off spirits and the New Year monster. Families stay up late into the night and visit relatives and friends’ homes to send their regards and congratulations.
Chinese New Year’s Day taboos, what to avoid on the first day;
- Medicine – you could get ill for the whole year
- Laundry – on the first and second day, these two days are celebrated by Shuishen, the Water God
- Broom – to risk sweeping away your wealth
- Monochrome fashion – black and white are traditionally associated with mourning
- Crying children – this can bring bad luck to the family, so children are to be kept as happy as possible!
How to decorate your marquee with a nod to Chinese New Year throughout the year
Lanterns and cherry blossom are a huge part of the celebrations and also make for beautiful décor, anytime of year. Peonies are thought to bring richness and luck which has a lovely symbolic meaning for weddings. Hanging lanterns whether Chinese, paper, pom poms or brass are perfect for a personalised touch.
Marquees are a blank canvas and so versatile – just add your personality!
Chinese New Year is celebrated across the UK, there are free events on the 14th February in London’s Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and West End from 10am to 6pm, see more information here.