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