Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 12th 2021 and although this year’s celebrations may be different, we believe it should still be celebrated in style!
2021 is the Year of the Ox and is set to bring career advancement, success in business, prosperity and wellness for all zodiac signs.
Whether your clinic is still open or you’re working remotely, we have come up with some ideas for you to celebrate the Spring Festival with your patients.
Spring Festival Traditions
Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the longest East Asian holiday and is traditionally celebrated for 15 days. In preparation for the new year, the Chinese will clean their homes and hang red decorations and lanterns.
Lunar New Year is traditionally celebrated with lion dancers, lanterns, fireworks and lots of food – especially dumplings! Adults typically give children red envelopes containing money at Chinese New Year, to help them avoid the evil and wish them good health.
Traditionally, Chinese people are extremely superstitious. They believe there should be no showering, sweeping or throwing out rubbish at the beginning of Spring Festival. This is to ensure you do not wash away the good luck.
Chinese New Year Ideas for Your Clinic
Times are difficult for all, so why not lighten the mood with some Lunar New Year festivities? This a great opportunity to engage with your clients.
Decorate your clinic – You could try brightening your clients’ experience in the clinic with beautiful red paper lanterns and door couplets. Couplets are short poems written by calligraphers on red paper to wish good fortune. we recommend searching on Amazon or Etsy for Chinese New Year decorations.
You could also try red-hued light for a more relaxing treatment. Red light has a longer wavelength than light from traditional bulbs. Unlike artificial and blue light, red light can be extremely calming and can maintain melatonin levels to help the patient feel relaxed. Red also signifies luck, happiness, vitality and fertility!
Red envelopes with gift vouchers – Red envelopes or Hong Bao are traditionally used to give monetary gifts on special occasions. To encourage follow-up appointments, try giving your clients a red envelope with a gift voucher or discount off their next appointment.
Tasty herbal tea – why not offer your client a cup of Hong Zao and Goji Berry tea? The blend is nourishing and may help to boost Qi. It revitalises blood, balances the mood and the spirit. You can also pre-package tea blends and gift them to your clients.
(Please take COVID safe precautions).
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Remember to share your Spring Festival festivities with us on Instagram. Tag us @phoenixtcm!
We hope you have a successful and prosperous 2021, and we look forward to continuing to work together!
Happy New Year! 新春快乐，万事如意!