More holidays, more ways to celebrate! The Lunar New Year is coming up on February 12! I LOVE celebrating this holiday because 1) The FOOD - It gives me a reason to splurge on an amazing feast, 2) I enjoy gathering with my whole family, 3) I get red envelopes with $$, 4) I get to celebrate my Chinese heritage. Although like Christmas, celebrating this holiday won’t be the same, I have a couple of fresh and fun ideas to celebrate the Lunar New Year at home this year.
1. Recreate the Experience
Normally, I would be gathering with my cousins, aunts, and grandma at a Chinese restaurant and having an enormous feast around a large round table. This year, I’m celebrating at home with the people in my bubble and ordering Chinese take-out because traditional Chinese dishes are difficult to make at home. To elevate my Lunar New Year celebration at home this year, I thought about recreating the experience I’d have at a Chinese restaurant, so I don’t feel like my experience is contained or lacking due to the pandemic. Heightening your experience to the max includes adding things into your environment that stimulates each of your senses, which goes beyond ordering Chinese takeout. This can include:
Dressing up for the occasion, like bringing out the cheongsam (women’s traditional Chinese dress) or changshan (men’s traditional Chinese robe) hiding in your closet.
Decorating your home with Lunar New Year decorations (ie: Chinese lanterns, artwork).
Using lighting to set the ambiance.
Adding background music or noise to match the environment.
Setting your table with special dishware (ie: beautiful china).
Making this celebration an immerse experience at home will make this Lunar New Year just as or more special than previous years. If you think about it, people often pay to have companies create an immersive experience. This way, you’re using your creativity to do it.
**For wine and food recommendations for the Lunar New Year, check out my blog post on Chinese Food with Wine.