Chinese New Year 2017 — Traditions and Activities(三)

Chinese New Year celebrations and activities are changing. A change in attitude to the festival has occurred especially among China’s younger generation. Most young people prefer surfing the Internet, playing with smart phones, and sleepovers or spending time with friends to celebrating with their extended families.
Greeting Each Other on Devices
WeChat red envelopa WeChat red envelop

Sending cell phone messages had become the main way to greet people on Chinese New Year’s Eve this decade. In the past people sent New Year cards or called each other to express their good wishes during the Spring Festival.

Now more people use instant messages on WeChat (the most popular social media app in China, like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger in the West) to greet their friends.

Exchanging App Red Envelopes — Top Thing for the Young in Recent Years

App-sent/received “red envelopes” appeared in recent years, and they soon become the most popular New Year activity among the young. Many young people spend most of their New Year holiday time exchanging cyber money via red envelope apps for fun.
A Tough Time for “Old” Singles — Solution: Fake Boy/Girlfriend Rental!
CNY Traffic chaosXi’an Railway Station gets packed at CNY.

Chinese New Year is a joyful time for all but singles above the normal matrimonial age, because parents and relatives think they should be settled down. Some singles resort to renting a boyfriend or girlfriend for the New Year to avoid the awkwardness!

January 11, 2017

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