I get more excited about Chinese New Year than US holiday for 2 reasons, they are much longer and it is all about family NOT gifts.
Westerners Holiday: In America it is all about gifts and shopping which is so stressful to everyone and then everyone returns the gifts and shop again on New Year’s Day for the deep discounts. What’s the point and now stores are open on Thanksgiving, we just need to slowdown.
Chinese New Year: It is all about the family and everyone travels back to visit their family during this time and that’s why I did not recommend traveling to China during this time because the transportation is very very very crowded and most places close down to visit family rather than making money. Gifts are important but their method is much more relaxing. Generally factories close down during this time for 7 days (NOT 1 day for Xmas and 1 day for New Year’s). Then everyone travels back to their families home. Gifts are generally money in red envelopes and then you purchase new clothes (1 outfit) for your parents. Then when you visit family members you bring over small gifts of Rice Whiskey, smokes, candy, chocolates, and milk/drink products. All children under 18 years old will receive cash.
But again it is all about the family and during the eve of Chinese New Year the day is only for immediate family members which are strictly enforced. The day after and for 7 days it is all about visiting family members.
I will blog more about Chinese New Year in the next several weeks leading up to the holiday in China.
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