Children learn about culture from a woman in preparation for the Year of the Rabbit in Huzhou, China. Lunar New Year celebrations often include the wearing of red-coloured clothing – but some traditions are rarely observed any more. Photo: Getty Images
Children learn about culture from a woman in preparation for the Year of the Rabbit in Huzhou, China. Lunar New Year celebrations often include the wearing of red-coloured clothing – but some traditions are rarely observed any more. Photo: Getty Images

5 Chinese Lunar New Year traditions we rarely observe, from not showering to letting the mess pile up

  • Lunar New Year traditions such as giving envelopes with ‘lucky money’ are still observed, but other Chinese folk customs have been largely abandoned
  • Among them are things like not showering or cleaning the house for a few days in case we wash and sweep away the coming year’s good luck, and staying at home

Children learn about culture from a woman in preparation for the Year of the Rabbit in Huzhou, China. Lunar New Year celebrations often include the wearing of red-coloured clothing – but some traditions are rarely observed any more. Photo: Getty Images
Children learn about culture from a woman in preparation for the Year of the Rabbit in Huzhou, China. Lunar New Year celebrations often include the wearing of red-coloured clothing – but some traditions are rarely observed any more. Photo: Getty Images
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