Chinese New Year falls on 12 February this year. It is often known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year and it is the grandest and most colourful festival in Chinese culture. Chinese New Year remains the most important occasion for generations of families to reunite and spend time together. Generally, it is the time to be at home with family catching up, drinking, cooking and eating a hearty meal together.
According to the Chinese zodiac, this year is the Year of the Ox. The Ox years include 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021 – were you born in one of them?
How to decorate for Chinese New Year
Decorations are often put up around the house a week before Chinese New Year. The most popular choice are the Chinese red lanterns – they symbolise family reunions, prosperity and happiness. Red lanterns are usually hung in pairs or more in front of the main door.
Chinese Fu characters (translates as ‘blessing’ and ‘good fortune’) and paintings are also essential decorations. The characters are pasted on doors or windows and sometimes upside down (when inverted it reads as ‘dao’ in Chinese or ‘coming’ in English). The inverted Fu characters mean fortune is coming.
A traditional folk handicraft Chinese New Year decoration is the paper cuttings. Paper cuttings are pasted on walls, windows, or doors. It requires a lot of practice and skils to produce a paper cutting, but you can always get one from your nearest Chinese supplies shop.
Other popular decorations include orchid plants, coloured lights and red fabric décor.
Chinese New Year is also a season of giving. There are some gifts that are never out of fashion – red envelopes with money inside, tea leaves, fruit and health foods. However, there is a growing trend of modern gifts including fitness equipment, toys and snacks. Here at tech21, we’ve rounded up a collection of colourful tech cases to inspire your Chinese New Year celebration:
Evo Check S10e Bright Rouge: This reddish coral check case is one of our best-selling patterns with the range selling 21 million units to date. With microbe-reducing ingredients, Evo Check cases come with interchangeable side buttons to brighten up your Chinese New Year celebrations. Explore all Evo Check cases now.
Studio Colour AirPods case Dazzling Daelyn: Dress up your AirPods in one of our colourful Studio Colour cases because even the smallest tech needs protection from scratches and drops. Shop AirPods and AirPods Pro cases here.
Card holder Terra Red: Just the perfect size for red envelopes, our card holders have storage space for 2 bank cards – perfect for those on the go. Explore our range of colourful card holders now.
MacBook Pro 15” Evo Gem: There’s no hiding your MacBook with this fantastically fun geometric Evo Gem pattern. Designed with our unique FlexShock material, your MacBook will be well protected from scuffs and scratches and drops from up to 10 feet. The Evo Gem cases will surely be the talk of the family this New Year. Explore all other cases for your MacBooks.