Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Celebration, is the grandest and the most supreme festival in China. On the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, it is the celebration that heralds the start of a new year. Historically, the holiday was a day to commemorate spirits as well as forefathers, but it is now also a time to snack, feast, and see relatives and friends. The Chinese New Year is a great occasion to flood your dear ones with Chinese New Year wishes and Chinese New Year greetings to show that you really care about them. The celebrations run for around two weeks, beginning with Chinese New Year’s Eve and ending with the Lantern Festival falling on 15th of the year. Local culture and traditions differ significantly, but all share the very same concept: sweeping out the old year and greeting the new year’s fortune and wealth.
Happy Chinese New Year! Important dates and pointers
The Chinese New Year 2022 falls on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, ushering in the year of the Tiger. The Chinese New Year’s holiday will be observed from January 31 to February 6, 2022.
- Holiday: 7 days (January 31 to February 6, 2022)
- Chinese New Year: Year of the Tiger
- Celebrations: Chinese New Year greetings, Chinese New Year wishes, Chinese New Year decorations, Chinese New Year songs, Chinese New Year food (New year’s eve’s dinner), fireworks, red envelopes, dragon dances, and more.
Customs and traditions enshrouding the Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year’s celebrations vary greatly within China, and the evening prior to New Year’s Day is generally seen as a time for families to assemble for the annual reunion supper and exchange Chinese New Year wishes. It is also customary for every household to meticulously cleanse their home in order to wipe away any terrible fortune and pave a way for good fortune. Another tradition is to decorate doors and windows with red paper cuts and couplets. Success or happiness, money, and vitality are hot topics in these paper-cuts and couplets. Other festivities include Chinese New Year songs, the firing of firecrackers, and the distribution of money in red paper envelopes.
Chinese New Year 2022 in Malaysia – a glance into what Malaysia does
One of Malaysia’s most important holidays is the Chinese New Year. Unmarried relatives are given ‘ang pows’ (red envelopes of money), households hold reunification meals, and some individuals host large parties with dragon or lion dances. It is an enormously adored celebration due to the large Chinese communities in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, and both cities are at their craziest in the days immediately prior to the holiday. Establishments are busy with people searching for Chinese New Year decorations, Chinese New Year food items, materials for open houses, and new apparel. Nonetheless, this is one of the most incredible times to visit Malaysia, with nightly pyrotechnics and spontaneous foot parades outside rowdy ‘open house.’ While each country celebrates the New Year in a somewhat similar manner, the notion of ‘open house’ is typically followed in Malaysia, where houses are open for friends and family to come regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity. On a bigger scale, the country’s leaders host open houses, which are generally hosted at community centers to facilitate the multitudes of residents and overseas tourists who come to congratulate their leaders and devour celebratory treats. Chinese New Year, like any other celebration in Malaysia, is primarily a time to gather with family and friends.
Happy Chinese New Year wishes and Chinese New Year greetings– show your loved ones you care about them
- 新年快乐 (happy Chinese New Year) – The most prevalent greeting for the Chinese New Year is “Happy New Year,” which is also used in our ordinary January 1 new year.
- 祝您 (wish you) – A more formal method to address someone is to state their name followed by the phrase “wish you.” When using standard greetings, you can easily omit this formal prefix.
- 希望你 (hope you) – “Hope you” is a less formal alternative to “wish you.”
- 身体健康 (good health) – This time of year, health is a hearty greeting, and it’s a go-to greeting for anybody, young or old!
- 新年快乐，万事如意 (happy new year & may you get everything you wish for) – Another popular sweet wish is for all of someone’s desires to come true!
Chinese New Year food – celebrating the year of Tiger with a bang! Here are some of the most popular Chinese New Year foods.
- Fish (for prosperity)
On the Chinese New Year supper menu, fish is a typical Chinese New Year dish. The Chinese typically have a surplus at the end of the year because they believe that if they can preserve anything at the end of the year, they will be able to make more the following year.
- Dumplings (for wealth)
Dumplings are a customary meal eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve and a traditionally auspicious food for the Lunar New Year. It is trendy in China, particularly in North China.
- Rice Balls (for family)
Rice balls’ circular form is related to the reunion and being together. As a result, they are popular among the Chinese during the New Year’s festivities.
- Noodles (for longevity and elation)
Longevity noodles represent, naturally, a yearning for life. Their length and unbroken preparation also represent the consumer’s existence.
Getting gifts for your dear one on Chinese New Year in Malaysia
A Chinese New Year is incomplete without customary gifts that you can give to the ones close to you. If you’re worried about your budget, use the Atome app to split your purchase of gifts this Chinese New Year 2022.
Atome is a ‘buy now, pay later’ application (get the app) that works with around 5,000 merchants to allow its users flexible payment options. That means you can shop from 5,000+ merchants on this Chinese New Year and split your bill into three interest-free monthly payments. Atome charges no service fees or interest costs. Visit Atome’s website to learn more about Atome and its merchants: https://www.atome.my/.
Getting a Chinese New Year wallpaper on your mobile phone won’t be enough this Chinese New Year to amp up the spirits; you need to do so much more! Let your loved ones know you care about them and bake some Chinese New Year cookies as treats; this Chinese New Year’s going to be a ball! Happy Chinese New Year 2022 in advance!