As Chinese culture is a big part of many countries, Chinese New Year is an excellent occasion to come together with friends, family or colleagues and host an event, regardless of your heritage.

In this post, we will be taking a look at some simple things you can feature at a Chinese New Year event. Showing your guests exactly how the new year is celebrated in the heart of Beijing.

We will share a selection of decoration ideas, Oriental props and some of our favourite themed entertainment.

About Chinese New Year 2022

The celebration of Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is a huge occasion across Asia and around the globe. It marks the end of the lunisolar Chinese calendar and is celebrated in lots of fun and colourful ways.

Chinese New Year falls on Friday the 1st February 2022 and this year will be the year of the Tiger. Known to be the king of the beasts in China and the third animal of the Chinese Zodiac, the tiger represents strength, exorcising evils and braveness.

Chinese New Year Decoration Ideas

When it comes to Chinese-themed props and decorations, you need to be sure that you’re creating the perfect balance of culture and wow factor!

Chinese Lanterns

This item is extremely popular for these types of events, and as I am sure you can see, it’s extremely popular for a reason.

When people come to a Chinese themed event, the first thing they expect to see is hanging Chinese lanterns and some sort of dragon-style entertainment (which we will come to shortly).

Chinese Theme Decorations and Lanterns we used to create the Chinese New Year Theme at our client's Gala dinner.

Another fantastic reason that people use Chinese lanterns during their events is because of what they symbolise; reunion. Since the Western Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), the red Chinese lantern has been hung at joyous occasions as a sign of festivity.

FUN FACT: The red Chinese lantern has been used to celebrate joyous occasions for roughly 1800 years!

Using the Chinese Zodiac Animals

Another huge part of the Chinese New Year is how every 12 years in the Chinese calendar are represented by 12 different animals. This makes it a great way to add some interesting decorations to your event!

For example, you could place all of the animals of the Chinese calendar around the room. Using the different animals as themes for each table, you could use light projections of the animals on your walls. Alternatively, you could focus on the animal of the year- for 2022 this would be the tiger- and decorate using symbolism, decorations and props relating to the tiger.

Origami Displays

Another big part of the East Asian culture is the ancient art of origami folding. As times have moved forward, origami art has got even bigger and more impressive, making it a great way to add an eye-catching attraction to your event!

We work with some impressive origami artists who offer all kinds of entertainment options. From close-up paper folding to large scale displays for guests to admire. Therefore, you could certainly use this amazing craft at your next event.

Red & Gold Colour Scheme

If you have attended a Chinese-themed event in the past, then the likelihood is, it was themed in red and gold.

In Chinese culture, the colour red is thought to bring luck and scare off evil. This makes it the most popular style of event dressing when celebrating the start of the new year.

Corporate Gala Dinner featuring Chinese New Year inspired entertainment acts. Available to hire UK

When choosing what to use your colour scheme on, your options are endless! From draping, props, lighting, table dressing, dance floor, stages and more.

In addition to the popularity of the colour red for Chinese events, many include gold due to it’s symbolism of welath and prosperity. I mean come on? Who doesn’t want that?

Chinese New Year Entertainment

Bring the excitement to your Chinese New Year event with some traditional entertainment!

Virtual Chinese New Year Entertainment For 2021

Our Online Chinese New Year Entertainment has become a really popular option for clients looking to celebrate Chinese New Year virtually. With multiple workshops and activities, it’s a great way of celebrating the year of the tiger from the comfort of your home.

We offer some incredible Virtual Chinese New Year Workshops, celebrating many aspects of Chinese culture, such as our Virtual Chinese Brush Painting and Online Zodiac Inspired Origami workshops!

Client creating a Dragon Painting as part of our Virtual Chinese dragon painting workshop. We have a wide range of Online, Virtual Chinese New Year Entertainment available to hire for Chinese New Year 2021.
Client creating a Dragon Painting as part of our Virtual Chinese dragon painting workshop. We have a wide range of Online, Virtual Chinese New Year Entertainment available to hire for Chinese New Year 2021.

Chinese Lion Dancers

If asked, “what can you think of for Chinese entertainment?”, most people will say dancing dragons or lions, and here they are!

Lion Dancers are traditional in Chinese culture and are a great way to entertain guests celebrating the new year.

Dancing around your event in an impressive display of traditional choreography, the Chinese lions are extremely entertaining.

Chinese Stilt Walker

An excellent addition to any event, our Chinese stilt walkers are a talented group of performers that help your guests immerse themselves into the theme of your event.

Oriental stilt walkers in full costume, meeting and greeting guests as part of Chinese New Year event

These performers are ideal for meet and greet upon entry, walkabout entertainment and for photo opportunities.

Chinese Dragon Groups

These groups are a traditional form of Chinese-themed entertainment which wow and entertain guests every year across Asia.

Our Chinese Dancing Dragon is available for hire for festivals in London & the UK.

Performing a perfectly choreographed dragon dance display, this group is ideal for Chinese New Year parties, Chinese-themed events and more.

Thank you for taking the time to read our top ideas & inspiration for hosting Chinese New Year-themed events. If you would like to find out more about Chinese themed events or entertainment then get in touch!

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