How to Decorate for Chinese New Year | 5 Easy Ideas. We love saying hello to the New Year, every year, with some cultural celebrations. From our traditional German feasts to our Chinese New Year’s Celebration, we basically spend the first 6 weeks of the New Year celebrating as a family.
Is it politically correct to say “Chinese New Year?” Read this post to answer that question! There are other Asian countries besides China to observe the holiday. How and when the holiday is celebrated in China compared to other Asian countries differs depending on the country, culture, and if they follow the lunar, solar, or lunisolar calendar. Some festive decorations listed below may contain an affiliate link. You can see in my pictures provided that these are the decorations that we use every year for our Chinese New Year celebration.
How to Decorate for Chinese New Year
9 Easy Ideas to Decorate for Chinese New Year
- Couplets, New Year couplets (对联 duìlián /dway-lyen) are New Year good wishes, specific statements expressed, or poems.
Couplets are made with black ink, on red paper, in Chinese calligraphy. We posted our handmade Couplets on the walls surrounding our family table. They are most often posted in pairs (i.e. couple/couplets) and placed on doors/doorway.
This website is an excellent free resource for printing up Chinese characters. We printed up several to color and copy to make our couplets. From this website, we also used some of the worksheets for our homeschool interactive notebook on the Chinese New Year.
2. Paper Cuttings: The art of cutting designs out of paper. Different animals represent a different wish. I found these easy to follow and create, 60 pages, Chinese Paper Cuttings. Age skill appropriate: younger children just learning to cut to any age adults.
How to Decorate for Chinese New Year: The Color Red!
Red placemats, red plates, red cuttings, red couplets, and for sure Red Envelopes.
6. Red Envelopes (紅包, hóngbāo): Typically red envelopes are given to children or young adults. The envelopes are red symbolizing good luck and prosperity in Chinese, and contain “lucky money” representing good wishes for the year ahead.
For our Chinese New Year celebration, each person was gifted a unique red envelope. We reuse these envelopes every year.
These envelopes have a traditional Chinese knot with tassels, Jade buttons, and are the color red.
If not reused for a Chinese New Year celebration, they are great as a cell phone bag/holder, jewelry or for other special occasions.
Throughout the two week celebration, I add little surprises to each envelope. Some of the items that I’ve added to the envelopes have been:
Lunar New Year Chocolate Coins, Fortune Cards, Feng Shui Coins with Chinese Knot and Five Emperor Lucky Coins, Chinese Fortune Coins, or a scavenger hunt that I personally create which leads them to a special gift.
This 2022 Chinese Zodiac is the Year of the Tiger. My oldest son is the year of the tiger. Therefore, in his red envelope this year, I will be leaving riddles to solve and a scavenger hunt. Once solved, he’ll find his Tiger gifts. Two of those gifts are Year of the Tiger writing journals and a composition notebook.
7. Fortune Cards: These are the fortune cards that I get every year. They are scratch off fortune cards.
9. Chinese New Year Books
Everyone has to eat their food with chopsticks for our Chinese New Year meals. This can be highly entertaining!