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Do you give gifts at Chinese New Year?

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During the Chinese New Year, adults give gifts using red packets to children. Red packets are red envelopes containing one to several thousand Chinese Yuan. This gift is believed to keep children healthy and suppress evil from them.

The New Year’s Eve dinner is an important celebration for the Chinese, and it brings family members together. During the dinner, dumplings and fish are served, but other dishes can be served depending on personal traditions. Fireworks are launched right after midnight on New Year’s Eve to drive away the evil in China, and it is believed the person that launches the first fireworks will have good luck.


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