- Lunar New Year is a 15-day colorful and vibrant celebration also called the “Spring Festival”
- The Lunar New Year date changes each year.
- The color red is considered a lucky and “happy” color red is a symbol of luck, joy, good energy, and passion
- Lion dances, acrobats, and culinary delights are part of the entertainment.
- Each year has a zodiac animal assigned to it. 2023 is the Year of the rabbit.
Are you planning to celebrate Lunar New Year? The preparations are about to begin. This is a big opportunity for brands and organizations to join this colorful and vibrant celebration and capture this huge market. Let’s dive in.
The business opportunities behind the Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year brings great commercial opportunities to those who understand its importance. Fashions brands like Gucci, Prada, Fendi and Louis Vuitton have joined the celebrations. And more companies from different industries are doing their own efforts to get a piece of that cake.
This celebration of fellowship, diversity and good luck, is also your first big opportunity in the year, to celebrate and show love to your employees, partners and clients that belong to the East and Southeast Asian cultures.
¨ Lunar New Year celebration is the most important holiday in the biggest luxury market. And, it is fundamental to get the marketing campaigns right. ¨ (Forbes)
How do you celebrate Lunar New Year?
The Lunar New Year celebration has over 2,000 years of tradition and the traditions include house-cleaning, New Year shopping, crafts and decorations, the worship to the ancestors, and the reunion dinner.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, people eat auspicious foods: Dumplings, Fish, orange…etc, because dumplings look like gold yuanbao (ancient money), the word for fish in Chinese, (鱼) sounds like ‘surplus’, and the word for orange (桔) in Chinese sounds like “fortune/luck”
Red envelopes are given out from older to younger, from bosses to employees, and from leaders to underlings. These are filled with money – and symbolize good wishes and luck for the new year ahead.
Similar to the 4th of July, people lighted tons of fireworks during lunar new year, but the fireworks are used to scare the evil monster away
This colorful festivity also represents a huge opportunity to reunite and reconnect with your clients, partners and employees, while celebrating the new year arrival.
The fireworks, the lion dance, the music, the paintings, the clothing, the red envelopes , the decorations, the acrobats, the culinary delights… All these amazing details will help you throw a fascinating event experience embracing this culture.
What do people eat at Lunar New Year Festivals?
Food is one of the most important elements of Lunar Year festivals. Many traditional foods are consumed during the celebrations. For example, people eat Laba porridge, Laba tofu, and noodles during the Laba Festival. But other Dishes with lucky meanings are included during the reunion dinner, such as fish, dumplings, Nian Gao (sticky rice cake), and spring rolls.
Planning Lunar New Year Events
When planning Chinese Lunar New Year events, there are some beliefs and taboos that you should take on consideration. For example, you want to avoid using words with negative connotations, breaking things, cleaning or sweeping before the Spring Festival, using scissors, among many others.
As experts in planning diverse and inclusive events and members of the Asian American community in Los Angeles, California, we will help you plan an impactful Lunar Year event experience and kick off the year reboosting your team’s energy.
Entertainment ideas to Celebrate Lunar Year
The Lunar New Year event experience includes amazing festivities, live entertainment, culinary delights, beautiful décor and engaging performances such as:
- Chinese opera
- Lion dances
- Live entertainment
- Mask changing
- Chinese dough modeler
- Lantern exhibit
- Play the game Mahjong
- Reunion dinner
- Among others
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