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21 Ways Chinese New Year Beats Every Other Holiday

Come for the food, stay for the firecrackers.

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1. You get an excuse to buy a completely new wardrobe.

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New year, new clothes. It's traditional!

2. Because red packets are Christmas presents without the BS.

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Cold, hard cash. None of this "thanks for the lovely socks, Auntie Annabelle" malarkey.

3. Think a three-course meal is fancy?

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Chinese New Year dinner be like "10 courses or GTFO".

4. Christmas lights have nothing on Chinese New Year.

So much neon, it'll burn your eyes.
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So much neon, it'll burn your eyes.

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5. Everyone looks good in red.

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Especially your pet dog.

6. Every Chinese New Year dish symbolises good luck. So you're obliged to eat all of it.

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Noodles = long life. Fish = prosperity. My food baby = bigger than ever.

7. Does your favourite holiday include guys who dress up as dancing lions?

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Thought not.

8. And if you really want to know what hell feels like, you can always go to Chinatown.

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Scarier than Halloween and twice as crowded.

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9. Feeling peckish? Here, have 10,000 different snacks.

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10. FYI: Nin gou is a million times better than Christmas pudding.

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Looks gross, tastes like deep-fried glutinous heaven.

11. And cherry blossoms are the classy Chinese version of a Christmas tree.

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Very #Minimal.

12. When you're sick of all the food, you can detox with some healthy fruit.

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Oranges. So many oranges.

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13. Or some healthy seeds and nuts.

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14. Chinese New Year is the only holiday that actively encourages you to light explosives.

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Firecrackers: 10 times more fun than Bonfire Night (and 10 times as dangerous).

15. You also get to celebrate the start of a whole new zodiac year.

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It's the Year of the Goat, FYI.

16. If you want some entertainment, why not go to the Chinese New Year parade?

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17. Kidding! Stay at home and eat all the food.

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"Throwing leftovers out" is not a concept that Chinese people are familiar with.

18. Because this is the one time of year your relatives won’t judge you for overeating.

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The family that eats together, stays together.

19. Bonus: Chinese New Year technically lasts for 15 whole days!

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20. But the best thing about Chinese New Year? Probably getting a chance to visit your friends and family.

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Christmas isn't the only holiday for family time.

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21. Even that one cousin who can't stop taking selfies.

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There's one in every Asian family.

So don't forget to shout "lo hei" while you toss up for good fortune.

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And kung hei fat choy, everyone!

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Enjoy the best holiday in the world.