Chinese New Year is a 15 days celebration in the Asian culture that occurs during January and / or February depending on the year. This two-week plus party is filled with many events and plenty of opportunity to wear costumes. If you are going to a Chinese New Year event, dress in a traditional costume – it makes the experience so much more fun!
Chinese New Year is filled with sights, sounds and smells of everything imaginable; yummy foods, colorful parades, smoking lanterns, popping fireworks and more. The clothing that people wear during the New Year season is special and usually brand new to signify the “new beginning.” Traditional costumes are made in silks and feature elaborate embroidery. The common style is loose tunics of varying lengths, sometimes paired with loose pants and a padded jacket.
The three variations on this Chinese costume look include “pien-fu,” a 2-piece ceremonial costume consisting of a tunic top hanging to the knee and ankle-length skirts or pants. Another style is the “ch’ang p’ao,” a one-piece ankle length tunic dress that today is modernly interpreted with a very sexy, body hugging silhouette. The final variation on Chinese New Year costumes is the “shenyi,” is a 2-piece top and bottom outfit that has been sewn together in one piece.
Accessories for your Chinese costume can include elaborate, embroidered slippers, a rickshaw-style hat or a fitted-cap style hat with a pig-tail hanging out the back. Another suggestion for your Chinese New Year costume – red underwear! Really, red is considered to be able to scare away evil spirits and bad fortune and in modern China, everyone wears red underwear to signify this belief. Another idea for the season is to dress up in a Rabbit costume since it’s officially the Year of the Rabbit.