15 Facts About Chinese New Year… #12 Is Reason Alone To Visit China.
#6. Billions of red envelopes are exchanged (or gifted from older to younger generations) on this holiday as a way to share blessings. According to tradition, unmarried folks are not expected to gift red packets. As you know, each packet contains money and the amount depends on the giver's income. Some believe the crisper the bill, the luckier it is. According to CNN, however, this gift giving tradition is starting to go digital.
#7. Candied lotus seeds and other treats are popular to give to families wishing to have children. Pictured here is a Chinese New Year candy box, or Tray of Togetherness.
#8. According to China Highlights, this day sees the world's biggest annual use of fireworks. Fun Fact: Did you know that China produces about 90% of all the fireworks in the world? These spectacular displays are used to ward off evil spirits.
#9. Dumplings are viewed as a symbol of wealth.
#10. Most Chinese lanterns are red, oval, and embellished with red or golden tassels, but there are many different varieties. They were originally made as a practical alternative to the open flame. Even though they are not needed today, they are still used for aesthetic purposes. The celebrations usually end with a Lantern Festival on the eve of day fifteen.
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