According to the Chinese calendar, 2013 marks the Year of the Snake, bringing with it a focus on attention to detail as well as progress. This year, Chunjie, or Chinese New Year, falls on February 10, and the 15-day long celebration that follows will have revelers feasting on delicious traditional cuisine, watching the night sky light up with a beautiful array of fireworks, and seeing red and gold lanterns (symbolising good luck, wealth and happiness) around every corner.
This annual spring celebration is perhaps one of the best times to experience China. With tasty foods, amazing light shows and street festivals held around the clock, the nation’s vibrant and unique culture is on full display. Click through our gallery to learn about a few customs that take place during Chinese New Year.
Looking for more ways to get involved in the festivities? Have Family Will Travel has a great kid-friendly recipe for nian gio, a traditional cake shared by families as they gather on New Year’s Eve. And over at Taste, chefs from Four Seasons around Asia share their favourite holiday recipes, paired with the traditions and significance behind each beloved dish.