Chinese New Year: Five Spring Festival-related record challenges to try at home

Published 24 January 2017

Chinese New Year celebrations kick off on Friday and millions of people from all over the globe will be taking part in the festivities. 

This year is the year of the Rooster, the tenth animal in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign.

In China, Lunar New Year events usually go on for two weeks and see people indulging in the delicious ceremonial dish Laba congee, cleaning the house to sweep away bad fortune, travelling home to share dinner with the whole family and celebrating the Lantern Festival.

To get you in the mood for the occasion, we have picked out five fun Spring Festival-related record challenges that you can try at home.

1. Fastest coin stack

The coin is a very ancient and powerful Chinese symbol which represents good fortune.

There are loads of records you can attempt using the coins from your country’s currency. Test your speed and dexterity with the fastest coin stack.

Fastest coin stack


  • It’s simple… Stack 25 coins as quickly as possible

Record to beat: The fastest coin stack is 14.71 seconds and was achieved by Stephen Kish (UK) in East Sussex, UK, on 31 March 2011.

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2. Most jiaozi dumplings eaten in one minute

Traditional jiaozi dumplings are often eaten with friends and family over the Chinese New Year – but how many can you eat in 60 seconds?

Most dumplings eaten in one minute


  • The dumplings must be made using a standard recipe of flour dough and two stuffing ingredients
  • They must weigh at least 40 grams
  • Each dumpling must be swallowed completely before starting on the next one

Record to beat: The most jaiozi/gyoza dumplings eaten in one minute is 10 and was achieved by Peter Czerwinski aka Furious Pete (Canada), at the Guinness World Records North American office, in New York, New York, USA, on 16 May 2016. This attempt was done during a Facebook Live video stream.

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3. Most dice stacked using chopsticks in one minute

It is customary to eat Chinese food with chopsticks. If you’re not used to them, they can be a little tricky to master. Practise your technique by trying this world record.

Most dice stacked using chopsticks


  • Use standard sized dice and chopsticks
  • Use the same hand throughout the attempt and keep the other hand behind your back at all times

Record to beat: The most dice stacked using chopsticks in one minute is 44 and was achieved by multiple record breaker Silvio Sabba (Italy), in Pioltello, Italy, on 11 October 2013.

4. Most Smarties/M&Ms eaten in one minute blindfolded using chopsticks

Once you’ve got to grips picking up dice with chopsticks, have a go at eating sweets with them.

Most smarties eaten in one minute using chopsticks


  • Only pick up one Smartie or M&M at a time
  • Use wooden disposable chopsticks

Record to beat: The most M&Ms eaten in one minute blindfolded is 20 and was achieved by Ashrita Furman (USA), at the Sri Chimnoy Centre in New York, New York, USA, on 8 December 2011.

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5. Most envelopes torn in half in 30 seconds

Kids in China are given red envelopes containing “lucky money” and good wishes on Chinese New Year’s Day. 

Rules: This isn’t a rule exactly, but it’s probably a good idea to make sure there’s no money in the envelopes before attempting this challenge!

Record to beat: The most envelopes torn in half in 30 seconds is 46 and was achieved by Officially Amazing’s Stephen Kish (UK), in Hove, East Sussex, UK, on 17 September 2013.

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There are loads more records to have a go at on our Try This At Home page.