Chinese New Year Traditions

Jewel YangNovember 21, 2022Citizenship

As a Taiwanese citizen, Chinese New Year traditions make me feel like part of my community. Chinese New Year is a very important holiday in many Asian countries, especially Taiwan. There are lots of traditions that have been around for quite a long time. Everyone likes different traditions about Chinese New Year, but I personally only really like three traditions.

First, my favorite tradition, and probably the most popular tradition: adults giving children red envelopes. Inside the red envelopes, they usually put a large amount of money. This is also the tradition most kids love because they get to receive money. I don’t think adults enjoy this tradition as much as children do.

Another tradition that I enjoy is eating a reunion dinner with my family on Chinese New Year's Eve. It’s a great time to talk to my cousins and eat. Eating and catching up is the perfect family bonding time.

The last tradition that I enjoy is watching dragon dances with my family. Dragon dances are people in big dragon costumes pretending to be dragons. They dance, and most kids love them. Some kids are scared of them at first, and then they start enjoying it.

In conclusion, Chinese New Year traditions make me feel like part of my community. I think they comfort most Asians, to be honest. It’s like Asian Christmas. The time kids get rich.

Jewel Yang is 11 years old and lives in Taipei, Taiwan. She enjoys living in the social media world and finds herself a fan of Tik Tok trending dances and everything about YouTube vlogging.