WHAT IS CHINESE NEW YEAR? PART 1

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year signifies the new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar and is celebrated for 23 days. This festival is also celebrated in Malaysia as it has a rather large Chinese population. Malls all over the nation will be decorated in red and yellow, symbolising good fortune and joy for the new year.

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Most celebrate Chinese New Year’s eve with a family reunion and dinner. The dinner is usually held at home with home cooked food, but more families opt to host their reunion dinners at restaurants. During the reunions, it is not uncommon to see the adults handing out ‘ang pow’ to the children. Ang pow or red packets are red coloured envelopes containing money. These are given out to children as the red colour symbolises happiness and good luck.