Chinese New Year falls on a different date to our traditional Western New Year, and many people celebrate both, with lively parties and parades for the Chinese version, all decked out with rich red Chinese New Year decorations.

When is Chinese New Year 2016?

Chinese New Year 2016 falls on Monday February 8th, so many parties and parades will happen over the preceding weekend. Why not plan a Chinese New Year banquet with your family and friends. We’ve got everything you need to make it authentic, including Chinese New Year table decorations, Chinese table linen and Chinese plates and glasses. A quick trip to the take-away and you’ll be ready to go!

Decorations for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year decorations are usually red, because this is the colour that legend says frightens the mythical beast, the Nian dragon, away. So you should hang some red bunting, put up a string of red Chinese lanterns, or even add some Chinese lantern fairy lights – whatever suits your style, as long as it follows the oriental theme and is red. 2016 will be the year of the Monkey, specifically the Fire Monkey, so make sure you incorporate lots of these cheeky chaps in your party decorations too.

Chinese lanterns make great lampshades any time of year, and they look especially good for Chinese New Year, so order yours now to make sure you’re ready for the big day. Remember to add some traditional Chinese wall hangings or even Chinese New Year window stickers to complete the look.

Paper dragons and paper lions

You can recreate the atmosphere of a spectacular Chinese New Year parade at home with our huge choice of paper dragon and paper lion Chinese New Year decorations. You can hang these from the ceiling, or even give them to the kids to hold their very own parade as part of your Chinese New Year party.