Since the Chinese New Year is right around the corner, have you ever wondered what to wear during Chinese New Year? Before I talk about it, I have to make sure you understand that Chinese New Year doesn’t have a fixed date like Christmas, or New Year. Since it is based on the lunar calendar, so it is always fall between January and February each year. For this year, it will be 2/5, Tuesday!
Significance of new clothes for Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year also called the Spring Festival which marks the end of the winter and welcoming the spring season!The Spring Festival is a time of change and new beginnings. Practically every activity during the Spring Festival has the purpose of removing the old and welcoming the new. Forget about the misfortunes and be ready for good luck. In addition, new clothes are auspicious and can protect you from evil spirits. 😉
What should you wear?
There actually aren’t any special requirements as to what kind of new clothing to wear. But there are some colors people defiantly will not wear during this biggest holiday for Chinese. For example, all black, or all white, because those are the funeral colors in Chinese culture. Most people choose red since it is the lucky color. The green, blue or gold are quite popular too since they are all below to the happy color family. 😉
But if you want to have more of a traditional flare, there are some styles you can choose from.
For man: Tang Suit (唐装—táng zhuāng)
Tang suit used to refer to dress from the Tang dynasty. But the “new” Tang suit is a jacket that combines the Man riding jacket (Qing dynasty) and the Western suit.
If you’re a fan of Chinese martial arts, you might have seen this type of clothing in movies. Jackie Chan especially seems to like wearing them. Most Tang suits nowadays are modified and tailored. There are more and more women started to include this style in their holiday wardrobe as well!
For women: Qipao (旗袍—qí páo)
The qipao entered mainstream Chinese culture during the Qing dynasty (mid-1800s). But the modern styles we know today are very different from how it was originally. The qipao became westernized by showing off female figures very well. 😉 Below are few looks that I wear during the Chinese New Year.
No traditional Chinese clothes? No worries! Just wear something red and you are ready to go! I am hosting my annual Chinese New Year party tomorrow at my house. Wish you all can come! 😉 It will be a great time just like every year! Are you doing anything special to celebrate this holiday?
Photo credit: Grace Liang
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