Jump to content

Chinese New Year Dinner Part Etiquette


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 Fat Amy

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:12 PM

We've been invited to a dinner party to celebrate the Chinese New year tomorrow night by some Taiwanese that work for DH.    

I never been to anything like this before but I'd assume that they would have some traditions. So is there something that I should or should not take? What should we expect? What should we wear? Are there any no no's?

Or am I just over thinking this?

#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:40 PM

Take oranges!

No seriously they bring good luck and you take oranges (or tangerines) when visiting at New Year.

And wear red, it's the colour of good luck original.gif



#3 Procrastinator5000

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:44 PM

They won't have any expectations on you to follow traditions, as you're Westerners. They just want to share theirs with you. I really wouldn't try too hard, just be really interested and polite about everything and show that you're enjoying it!

Having said that, take a big box of Ferrero Rochers  wink.gif  Everyone brings boxes of chocolate or biscuits to exchange at this time of year.

#4 CallMeFeral

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:47 PM

Maybe don't wear all white or black - think they are funeral colors or something?

#5 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:57 PM

Yeah, they are.

#6 FEdeRAL

Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:14 AM

QUOTE (howdo @ 09/02/2013, 12:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Take oranges!

No seriously they bring good luck and you take oranges (or tangerines) when visiting at New Year.

And wear red, it's the colour of good luck original.gif


Bring even number of mandarins/tangerines/oranges. 2 is ideal really, because 4 in Chinese sounds like death. Usually your host will give you a couple of mandarins as you leave.

#7 Leafprincess

Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:34 AM

QUOTE (Procrastinator5000 @ 08/02/2013, 11:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Having said that, take a big box of Ferrero Rochers  wink.gif  Everyone brings boxes of chocolate or biscuits to exchange at this time of year.


yyes.gif



#8 FizzlingFireboxes

Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:25 AM

QUOTE (CallMeProtart @ 09/02/2013, 12:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe don't wear all white or black - think they are funeral colors or something?


Oh crap, we have been invited out to have dinner with one of DH's clients tonight to celebrate with them. I only have a black and white dress that fits me that would be appropriate for a Chinese restaurant (33weeks preg) oh crap, better go shopping. original.gif

#9 Fat Amy

Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:11 AM

Thanks for your replies. Do you think a pink dress will be ok?

#10 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:48 AM

its just our immediate family this cny sad.gif

#11 FEdeRAL

Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

QUOTE (Milmo @ 09/02/2013, 11:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for your replies. Do you think a pink dress will be ok?

Yes original.gif

#12 tibs

Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

My chinese relatives tend to give things like the gold ferrero rochers or the red lindt balls when they go visiting or for a meal with someone, gold and red are the lucky colours.

#13 Fat Amy

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

Also, I just realized its a new years party. Would it be too rude if we left before midnight? Just thinking of kids and babysitters.

#14 *LucyE*

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

Is it at a restaurant or private residence?

Either way, leaving before midnight is fine.  It isn't like the 12am 1 January type new years celebrations.

If you want to take a gift, the suggestions of gold or red wrapped chocolates are good.

Black is a perfectly fine colour to wear.  Avoid white.  Red is ideal.  Use red accessories to go with the black dress if you like.

If the hosts have children under the age of 18, you can join in the token red packet gifting.  Put some cash (ideally crisp current year notes) in a red envelope (do not on any account use a normal white one).  Usually the denominations have to be even or something like that.

If you are going to a restaurant, put a small note (a $5 or $10) in a red envelope to 'feed' the dancing lions that usually come around.  It is acceptable to 'tease' the lion/dragon and make them work for the envelope.

ETA  most of the dishes served at a chinese new year banquet have a meaning behind it.  It is polite to try (or at least take some to put in your bowl/plate) all of the dishes.  It's about spreading good luck to all.

Edited by *LucyE*, 09 February 2013 - 02:07 PM.


#15 Lagom

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

We go every year to BIL's IL's and we bring either mandarins/oranges, tinned biscuits/sweets or Ferrero Rochers.
Milmo, we never stay until midnight.  It's usually a lunch/afternoon thing that we go to.

Have fun!

eta You can get the little decorated envelopes especially for NY from your local Asian Grocer (if you have one).

Edited by amabanana, 09 February 2013 - 02:08 PM.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

11 things that will happen when you're breastfeeding

After having three children and various degrees of success feeding them all, there's one thing I can tell you: virtually nothing will go as planned.

Surgery for baby born with a tail

A baby born with a tail has had it removed after doctors feared the birth defect might cause long term damage to his lower body.

When 'skin to skin' becomes a family affair

An adorable photo of a little boy and his dad enjoying skin to skin contact with newborn twins is melting hearts everywhere.

35 hilariously weird 'top tips'

Who would have thunk it? We never knew there were so many uses for feminine hygiene products. 

Pregnancy skin woes: acne, dry skin, itchy skin

Here are some of the most common skin complaints in pregnancy and how to tackle them, face on.

Watch this fun dance class for babywearing dads

Is there anything sexier than a babywearing dad?

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

When your kids have totally different temperaments

Sometimes it has felt like whiplash parenting. She perches watchfully while I vacuum; he tries to climb on and go for a ride.

How do our stress levels influence our baby?

Since having my second baby a number of people have commented on how placid, content and settled he is and, similarly, many have commented on how this is a reflection of how I am with him.

Separation anxiety isn't just for kids

Despite its prevalence, most doctors tend to be reluctant to diagnose adult patients with separation anxiety.

A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I was staring at the face of my son, realising that my once steadfast decision to be open minded was quickly unravelling at the seams.

Why I'm so grateful for Hayden Panettiere's PND honesty

There are baby steps and giant leaps forward. But there are steps backwards, too. And, oh, how they can hurt your heart.

The heartbreaking story of little Moko

The mother of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri said she should have picked up on the signs. {Warning: distressing content}

Kate Beckinsale and teen daughter recreate birth photo

Kate Beckinsale has recreated her daughter Lily's birth photo, 17 years after she was born.

The adult-size stroller you'll want to test drive

It's one of the biggest baby related purchases they will make, so it makes sense that parents-to-be get a chance to road test a stroller.

Pregnancy announcement shows the reality of IVF

It's a long way from baby booties or bump shots people have become accustomed to in social media pregnancy announcements.  

Soleil Moon Frye welcomes fourth baby

"Punky Brewster" is a mom again, for the fourth time. Soleil Moon Frye announced the birth of her baby boy, Story, on Instagram Wednesday.

Mum breastfeeds baby found abandoned on the street

A woman has been praised as a "beautiful mother" after breastfeeding a baby which had been abandoned at the side of a street. 

A birth with a difference: the 'natural caesarean'

We've shared stories of gentle caesareans before, but a new video shows a new option called a 'natural caesarean'.

Baby name inspiration by music genre

If you're all about the music, then you'll need a musical name for that baby. We've got all the lists for you by music genre.

Giving effective instructions to toddlers

One of the most common errors made by parents is in how they give instructions to their children.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.