Chinese New Year – From a Parent’s Perspective
February 2019

Red Envelopes (Lei-see)

Children are given red envelopes around the time of the New Year, from family and other adults whom are friends of the family. They represent good fortune for the year ahead.. The red envelopes are called Li-see in Chinese…

Red envelopes contain money; children are to buy themselves sweets or treats for themselves…

Mandarin oranges are also given as a symbol of luck, prosperity and long life

Chinese people decorate their homes with lanterns in red and gold for the New Year with the symbol on this means ‘fortune’ or ‘good luck’



Every Chinese New Year there is an animal in which it is related to…There are 12 animals in total

  • Rat
  • Ox
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Sheep
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig

Children get new clothes and shoes to wear for the New Year which is celebrated for 3 days in the UK. In Hong Kong/China celebrations can go on as long as 2 weeks

We usually go to Chinatown (Manchester on the Sunday after Chinese New Year begins as there are lots to see and do- Lion/Dragon dances, people performing martial arts and lots of yummy Chinese food to eat.

Chinese New Year is usually celebrated with a family meal where all your nearest and dearest get together to see in the New Year…

Information provided by Teresa Quashie – Fixbees Parent