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Chinese Culture Series: Chinese New Year 2009 Part Ⅲ: Zou qinqi – Visit Relatives

Jan. 10, 2009

1 thing you must do in China during Chinese New Year is to visiting relatives
It is a Chinese custom to go visit the family relatives when a Chinese new year comes. They visit to close relatives in the first day of a year or in the first two or three days. As for those distant relatives visits are welcome in any day of the first fifteen days. And those visits are called Zou Qinqi, with Qinqi standing for relatives and Zou for visiting.

Chinese would take gifts to relatives and the visited family would give gifts in return. Gifts include everything that symbolizes good luck. The exchange of gifts is just nominal and courtesy. When visiting relatives, people would recall everything in the past year and wish everyone good luck in the upcoming new year.

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