About the Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year Traditions
The Lunar New Year is celebrated with many customs—the following are just a few!
- Red decorations: Red is considered a lucky colour in many Asian cultures, and it is often used to decorate homes and businesses during the Lunar New Year.
- Lion and dragon dances: Performed by trained dancers in elaborate costumes and masks, these performances are believed to bring good luck and fortune.
- Fireworks: Fireworks are a common way to celebrate the Lunar New Year—they’re believed to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck.
- Family meals: The Lunar New Year is a time for families to come together and share meals. Traditional dishes include dumplings, fish, rice cakes, and noodles.
- Red envelopes: Money-filled red envelopes are given to children and unmarried adults as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.
- The Year of: In the Chinese Zodiac, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. And not just any dragon, specifically the Wood Dragon! According to The Japan Times, “As the luckiest and most auspicious of the 12 animals, the dragon is thought to signify unprecedented opportunities. In a dragon year, people are said to be able to harness the creature’s intelligence, leadership, and abilities to pursue their dreams with creativity, passion, courage, and confidence.”
Lunar New Year Event Ideas for Businesses
Host a Lunar New Year-themed art exhibit:
Support local Asian artists by displaying traditional and contemporary art celebrating the Lunar New Year. You could send email and printed invitations to your customers (perhaps add an element like the sip-and-shop idea below). Share photos of the works on your social media accounts and invite everyone to visit your business to enjoy the art.
Auspicious sip and shop
Lucky red envelopes
One of the most cherished Lunar New Year traditions is the exchange of red envelopes filled with cash for good luck and prosperity. Bring this tradition to your business. Your red envelopes could contain surprise discounts or small gift vouchers inside to customers. This gesture will not only make them feel lucky but also encourage repeat shopping.
Lunar New Year charity
A sense of giving and community is a big part of the Lunar New Year. Organise a fundraiser for a cause that aligns with the holiday’s values, such as helping those in need or supporting education. Whether you raise funds through a simple raffle or a peer-to-peer fundraising event, the act of giving back will help exemplify the benevolence and sense of community at the core of this holiday. For Lunar New Year fundraising ideas, read 8 Winter Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign Ideas.
Lunar New Year-themed workshops
A taste of the Lunar New Year
If you own a food or retail business, consider introducing a limited-time Lunar New Year menu item or product associated with the holiday. This could be a one-of-a-kind cocktail, a special dish, or a t-shirt printed for the occasion.
Lunar New Year Event Planning Tips
- Collaborate with local Asian businesses or cultural organisations for mutual promotion and support.
- Embrace cultural accuracy and authenticity by consulting with experts or community members.
- Leverage social media, email marketing, and your website to spread the word about your event.
- Remember to capture the moment! Hire a photographer, use your phone, or task an employee with taking photos and videos that can be used on social media.
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