Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China, but it is also celebrated around the world with fireworks, dragon dancing, traditional food and more.
This year, the first day of the new year falls on 12 February and while current restrictions have put a stop to large festivities, there’s no reason why you can’t mark the occasion at home.
We’ve pulled together a list of our favourite products from retailers here at the Bridges to help you bring in the Year of the Ox in style.
Card Factory, Red Party Tableware Bundle – 37 pieces
In Chinese culture red symbolises good fortune and joy and this party pack has everything you need to celebrate Chinese New Year at home.
Lush, Dragon Legend Bubble Stick
Lush is known for its seasonal products and this bubble bar is a perfect treat for Chinese New Year spent at home. It’s not only shaped like a dragon but is made with dragon fruit powder – which is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C to revive and brighten skin.
Waterstones, Baby’s First Chinese New Year
Even the smallest members of your household can take part this year, thanks to this handy children’s book. It provides an excellent introduction to the traditions with large pictures for little ones to look at.
During the celebrations, tangerines and oranges are used as decorations and given as gifts as they symbolise wealth and good luck. Their bright, vibrant colour is also associated with good fortune, so make sure you pick up a couple on your next shop.
Price 30p each
Iceland, 16 vegetable spring rolls
Spring rolls get their name from the Spring Festival – another term for Chinese New Year – and are eaten during the holiday as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Other lucky foods include fish, dumplings and long noodles.
Iceland, 28cm Non-Stick Wok
Why not use the celebration as an excuse to try your hand at some Chinese recipes? While woks are popular around the world now, they are a traditional Chinese pan and can be used to create variety of different dishes so it’s a great place to start.
Order from Nudo Sushi Box
If cooking isn’t your strong point, then there’s no need to panic because Nudo Sushi Box is still open for delivery and collection. They have a huge range of dishes including sushi, soups and rice bowls, with gluten free and vegan options so there’s something for everyone.
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