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How is the Chinese New Year traditionally celebrated?

How is the Chinese New Year traditionally celebrated?

  • When is the Chinese New Year celebrated?
  • Which traditions are part of the festivities?
  • Which diamond earrings or diamond necklace could I choose as a gift?

As in the Western countries, the Chinese people celebrate the transition to the New Year with much enthusiasm. Chinese New Year celebrations, however, differ greatly from Western festivities. Where do the Chinese traditions come from? Which diamond earrings or diamond necklace could I choose as a gift? Discover these remarkable traditions and choose the perfect gift for this special occasion.

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When is the Chinese New Year celebrated?

The Chinese calendar is based on the phases of the moon. This is why the Chinese New Year is not celebrated on a fixed date each year, but falls on the 23rd day of the 12th moon cycle of that year instead. This year, that day is the 16th of February. The festivities last approximately 7 days, but the official end of the New Year celebrations is 15 days after their start. The Chinese zodiac is closely linked to the festivities. Every year is characterized by one of the 12 zodiac animals. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, a symbol of luck.

This results in a cycle of 12 years. Each zodiac animal tells us something about the people born during that year. This can be further subdivided as well, for more specific characteristics.

Which traditions are part of the festivities?

Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, celebrating new beginnings. This theme is underlined by wearing bright red robes that ward off bad luck for the coming year. The loud bangs of the abundant fireworks are also said to chase away evil spirits, thus cleansing the start of the year. Parades, red lanterns and intricate fire shows add the finishing touch to the vibrant festivities.

Which diamond earrings or diamond necklace could I choose as a gift?

Traditionally, children receive red envelopes containing money from their neighbours and family, to wish them luck in the coming year. In recent years, the growing Chinese economy resulted in growing prosperity. Because of this, more expensive gifts, such as diamond earrings or a diamond necklace, are increasingly gifted as well. Think of diamond earrings with eye-catching centre stones or a diamond necklace with a single diamond. These types of solitaire jewels are very popular among the Chinese millennials. They are simple, yet stunning and precious. The perfect gift for a special Chinese New Year.

Where can I purchase a solitaire diamond necklace? How do I choose the perfect diamond earrings? Ask the diamond experts from BAUNAT for advice.  

Author: Inge de Wee
Source: BAUNAT

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