How to celebrate Chinese New Year on a budget

Red and green Chinese lanterns | Celebrate Chinese New Year on a budget | Tesco Living

Banish the winter blues and have fun with our free Chinese zodiac sign guide, easy DIY Chinese decorations and budget-friendly recipes.

When is Chinese New Year?

This year Chinese New Year begins on 28 January 2017 and is the year of the rooster. Each year is named after the 12 Chinese animal zodiac signs.

Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday in China and marks the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar, which falls between 21 January and 20 February.

Festivities start on 27 January (New Year’s Eve), last for 15 days and include family feasts, dragon parades and a Lantern Festival celebrated on the last day.

Find your Chinese zodiac sign

Is your dinner party guest a rat or a dog? Let our printable Chinese Zodiac wheel tell you which animal they are, according to their birth year.

Easy DIY paper fortune cookies

Don’t let your guests miss out on having their fortunes read – try our easy paper fortune cookies tutorial, which includes downloadable quotes to stick inside.

Red and gold paper fortune cookies | How to make paper fortune cookies | Tesco Living

Chinese New Year decorations

Decorating your home with red decorations is said to bring good fortune and you don’t have to spend a fortune doing it either. These easy DIY ideas really look the part and cost next to nothing.

How to make paper fans

Take a piece of red paper and fold it into equally spaced pleats. Fold the fan in half and glue the middle pleats together.

How to make paper lanterns

Take a piece of red A4 paper and fold along the length, then make cuts along the folded edge 2cm apart. Open out and roll the paper into a tube shape ensuring the two shortest edges meet and overlap a little. Secure the overlapping edges with tape, then glue or staple a length of ribbon,or a thin piece of paper, to make handle at the top of the lantern.

How to make a tea light centrepiece

Eight is a lucky number in China, so float eight red tea lights and red rose petals in a bowl of water, then light the candles as your guests sit down to dinner.

How to make lucky name place envelopes

It’s traditional to give loved ones red envelopes containing money, so decorate red envelopes by writing your guests’ names in gold Chinese-style letters, then add in a few coins.

Chinese New Year food

Our budget-friendly menu of delicious Chinese recipes bring good luck, longevity and prosperity, and don’t forget the chopsticks!

Spring rolls

Cantonese steamed fish
Char siew dumplings
Vegetable chow mein

Melon, pomegranate and tangerine fruit salad

Get more Chinese New Year recipes at

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

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