新年快樂! I finally experienced how Chinese people celebrate the Chinese New Year.

I don’t call it ‘Chinese New Year’. Koreans call the New Year’s Day by lunar calendar ‘Old New Year’ because that’s what their ancestors celebrated. So that, this is my holiday as well. If I were at my home country, what would I do right now? Making mandoo (Korean style dumpling) for three days, preparing holiday food with my mum and eating dduckguk (rice cake soup) for New Year’s Day tradition. That’s why how I can charm people with my cooking skill – trained for a long time with holiday cooking. Or, I would travel – because new year’s day is the longest holiday as an office worker; 3 days. Glad I’m not anymore.

Anyway, today is their New Year’s Day. For the past few days I’ve been staying in Jianshui, Yunnan, I had a chance to see how Chinese are celebrating their the biggest holiday. It involves a lot – I mean A LOT of fireworks, putting flowers on the street, setting up red lanterns and red and decorating red-yellow ribbons everywhere. And the fireworks peak at midnight.

The strange thing was, they’ve been preparing the celebration for a long time, and magically everything shuts down at New Year’s Eve. No cars, no people, no shops, only Chinese teenagers with fireworks on the street. And the following morning, the New Year’s Day, everyone is on the street, celebrating with their family. The night before was like the calm before the storm. The change was quick and surprising. Though, it’s nice to see people are keeping the tradition and celebrating it with their family.

Here are some photos of how people are celebrating Chinese New Year in Jianshui, Yunnan Province, China. 新年快樂!

 

setting up fireworks for Chinese New Year
setting up fireworks for Chinese New Year
Red bow for Chinese New Year
Red bow for Chinese New Year
Red lantern at Confucian temple
Red lanterns at Confucian temple

 

Decoration for Chinese New Year
Decoration for Chinese New Year
Flowers for Chinese New Year
Flowers for Chinese New Year
Flags for Chinese New Year
Celebratory flag

 

All shops are closed for Chinese New Year
All shops are closed for Chinese New Year's Eve
Big incent for Chinese New Year
A big incent to burn for Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year ornament
Hanging Ornaments for Good Luck
People Dancing Jianshui Yunnan China
People are dancing at Chaoyang Gate square
Shops for Chinese New Year
A shop for Chinese New Year celebration
Setting up red bow for Chinese New Year
Setting up red bow at Zhu's garden
Chinese New Year at Confucian Temple
Chinese New Year at Confucian Temple
Fireworks for Chinese New Year
Fireworks are the must
Fireworks residue
Fireworks Leftover
Red lanterns for Chinese New Year at Zhus garden
Red lanterns for Chinese New Year at Zianshui, Yunnan
Floating lantern for Chinese New Year
Floating lantern for Chinese New Year
Red bow from Confucian temple
Red bow from Confucian temple
Zhus garden at night for Chinese New Year
Zhu's garden at night with celebrating lantern and the trail of floating lantern in the sky

8 thoughts on “How Chinese People are Celebrating Chinese New Year. 新年快樂!”

  1. I hope you are playing safely with those firecrackers! I want you to have all your fingers the next time you visit New York 🙂 Happy Lunar (Korean and Chinese) New Year!

  2. I love CNY! It is so pretty and fun! I don’t like the food places are not open for dinner but that’s my main complaint.
    Glad you are getting more love from China then you were when you first got there!

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