What to do on each day of Chinese New Year

    Day 15: It's the Lantern Festival and the last day of the Chinese New Year Festival. Enjoy! (Michael Cavén / Flickr)According to traditional customs, there are specific foods, rituals and visits to do on each day of the Chinese New Year. (jimmiehomeschoolmom / Flickr)Day 13: A day of eating lighter than usual. Phew! (China Gaze)Day 14: Make sure everything is ready for the Lantern Festival! (China Gaze)Day 12: Buy food for the coming Lantern Festival. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)Day 11: Father-in-laws host their son-in-laws for a meal. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)Day 9: Jade Emperor's birthday today. People worship him for a good harvest for the year. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)Day 10: Don't use any stone tools today because it's the Day 7: Pay special attention to respecting elder and not scolding kids because this is the Day 8: Watch the weather this day, it will tell the success of the harvest for the year. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    According to traditional customs, there are specific foods, rituals and visits to do on each day of the Chinese New Year.

    Here’s a quick fact list of what to do every day of the Festival, from the first day to the last day – the 15th of the New Year.

    For more details, check out our daily Festival guide in the “Chinese New Year Festival & Party Guide“.

    Happy New Year!

    Day 1:  No working today, even the broom’s on holidays!

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    Day 1: No working today, even the broom’s on holidays! (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 2: Give gifts and red packets to children.

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    Day 2: Give gifts and red packets to children. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 3: It’s a day of potential ‘arguments’ so not a good day to visit people.

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    Day 3: It’s a day of potential ‘arguments’ so not a good day to visit people. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 4: If your employer invites everyone but you to pray on this day, it’s a polite way of telling you “you’re fired”.

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    Day 4: If your employer invites everyone but you to pray on this day, it’s a polite way of telling you “you’re fired”. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 5: Make noise and clean the house to drive out poverty!

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    Day 5: Make noise and clean the house to drive out poverty! (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 6: Stores reopen with festivities and special offers for good luck.

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    Day 6: Stores reopen with festivities and special offers for good luck. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 7: Pay special attention to respecting elder and not scolding kids because this is the “day of humans”.

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    Day 7: Pay special attention to respecting elder and not scolding kids because this is the “day of humans”. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 8: Watch the weather this day, it will tell the success of the harvest for the year.

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    Day 8: Watch the weather this day, it will tell the success of the harvest for the year. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 9: Jade Emperor’s birthday today. People worship him for a good harvest for the year.

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    Day 9: Jade Emperor’s birthday today. People worship him for a good harvest for the year. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 10: Don’t use any stone tools today because it’s the “day of stone”.

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    Day 10: Don’t use any stone tools today because it’s the “day of stone”. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 11: Father-in-laws host their son-in-laws for a meal.

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    Day 11: Father-in-laws host their son-in-laws for a meal. (Screenshot from Weibo.com)

    Day 12: Buy food for the coming Lantern Festival.

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    Day 12: Buy food for the coming Lantern Festival. (China Gaze)

    Day 13: A day of eating lighter than usual. Phew!

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    Day 13: A day of eating lighter than usual. Phew! (China Gaze)

    Day 14: Make sure everything is ready for the Lantern Festival!

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    Day 14: Make sure everything is ready for the Lantern Festival! (China Gaze)

    Day 15: It’s the Lantern Festival and the last day of the Chinese New Year Festival. Enjoy!

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    Day 15: It’s the Lantern Festival and the last day of the Chinese New Year Festival. Enjoy! (Michael Cavén / Flickr)

    Check out the Chinese New Year Festival and Party Guide for more!

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