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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.

New year, new clothes. It's traditional!

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

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

3. Think a three-course meal is fancy?

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. / Creative Commons

So much neon, it'll burn your eyes.

5. Everyone looks good in red.

Especially your pet dog.

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

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

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

Thought not.

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

Scarier than Halloween and twice as crowded.

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

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

Looks gross, tastes like deep-fried glutinous heaven.

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

Very #Minimal.

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

Oranges. So many oranges.

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.

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.

It's the Year of the Goat, FYI.

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

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!

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.

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


There's one in every Asian family.

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

And kung hei fat choy, everyone!

Enjoy the best holiday in the world.