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Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year in the traditional Chinese calendar.
Each year is represented by one of twelve zodiac animals, one for each month. Each animal reflects a different set of personal attributes, and each one is celebrated for its differences and unique contribution to the world.
In Chinese culture, your year of birth is denoted by your zodiac sign, or shēng xiào (translated to ‘born’ and ‘resemblance’). It is considered to have a significant influence on your personality and life choices.
In 2023, the Chinese New Year festival will welcome the Year of the Rabbit.
Revered as the king of all beasts in China, the tiger represents strength, confidence, braveness, and the ability to protect. People born in the Year of the Tiger are often considered bold, charming, and good leaders – however, they can also be stubborn, arrogant, and reckless.
Unlike western new year celebrations, which are just one night, the Chinese New Year celebration is a 15-day festival in February. On the first day of celebration, cleaning is absolutely forbidden – in case you sweep away any good fortune for the year ahead. Lunar New Year celebrations conclude with the Shangyuan Festival, also known as the Lantern Festival, which is often accompanied by lion dances, firecrackers, and feasts.
Giving gifts is one of the most important traditions in welcoming the Chinese New Year, and blessing the Lunar New Year with friends and family is said to bring goodwill, happiness, luck, and prosperity.
Gourmet Baskets has a vast range of luxury hampers suitable for any occasion – including Chinese New Year. To find the perfect Lunar New Year celebration gift, visit us online today.
What goes into a Chinese New Year hamper?
In the spirit of tradition and celebration, our Chinese New Year gourmet hampers are designed to be easily shared with family and friends.
Available in a range of sizes and to suit all budgets, our Lunar New Year gift baskets offer a carefully curated selection of authentic Chinese sweet food and Australian gourmet produce, such as:
- Pineapple cake
- Mochi cakes
- Hard candy
- Fortune cookies
- Artisan tea blends
- Sweet biscuits
- Artisan sweets
Select hampers also include some of the finest Australian wine to toast in the Lunar New Year, along with beautifully crafted red ‘prosperity envelopes’ – also known as red letters. History and traditions dictate that these red envelopes ( 紅包, or hóngbāo) be filled with money and distributed among family, friends, and colleagues to manifest prosperity and good luck.
The envelope itself is considered the luckiest part of hóngbāo, as the colour red is associated with happiness, positive energy and good luck. But it’s important to know that numerology – or numeric symbolism – plays a huge part in Chinese culture.
The luckiest Chinese number is considered to be 8, as it sounds very similar to the words for ‘wealth’ and ‘prosper’. The numbers 3 and 5 are also considered to be auspicious in helping to bring forth good fortune.
If you do exchange red letters during your Lunar New Year celebrations, be sure that the amount of money you gift never includes the number 4 (e.g., 4, 40, 400). This is because the pronunciation of the number four is similar to that of the word for death and therefore considered to be unlucky or a bad omen.
How to choose the right hamper for the Chinese New Year?
You can’t go wrong with a gift hamper from Gourmet Baskets! We make Australia’s favourite luxury gourmet hampers, and we’re 100% Australian owned, stocking only the finest quality products.
At its heart, Chinese New Year is about sharing the celebration with family and friends. All Gourmet Baskets feature multiple items with different individual quantities, making it super easy to enjoy their contents together.
You can easily sort through our hundreds of hamper options by categories like food brand, food type (e.g., sweet or savoury), occasion (e.g., Chinese New Year or Christmas).
You can even sort by allergens or dietary preferences such as alcoholic vs non-alcoholic or dairy-free, gluten-free or vegan, product type (e.g., wine or craft beer), and by location. If you’re working with a specific budget, you can even search by price point.
If you would like to share your Chinese New Year celebration with your business partners, we offer corporate gift hampers with fantastic bulk-buy discounts and free branded gift cards to go with your basket. You can order online or speak with our fantastic concierge team that can also help you with internal corporate-gifting enquiries.
Whether you choose one of our exclusive Chinese New Year celebration gift hampers, alcohol gift packs or create your own basket from our huge range of gifts and homewares, we know your recipients will love it – and if they don’t, we have a 100% money-back guarantee.
Where can I buy a hamper for the Chinese new year near me?
You can buy the best Chinese New Year gourmet gift hampers online at Gourmet Basket.
We offer secure shipping with our trusted courier partners to make sure your hamper arrives safely. Tracking information is provided for every purchase, so you can follow your gift on its journey and know exactly when it has been received. If your recipient lives in Sydney, you can get it delivered to them last minute with same-day express – just place an order by 10.30 a.m. during business days. You may also opt for Click & Collect, which allows you to order items online, and then collect them in person from our warehouse in Belrose, New South Wales. Our customers outside Sydney can select our standard courier service for next business day delivery to most locations.