Among all the traditions to observe for Chinese New Year, dressing up in new clothing is an integral part to welcome the new year, and to also signify new beginnings. Everyone would dress up in brightly colored shirts, usually in red, to scare off evil spirits and bad fortune.
To step this tradition up a notch, many people would dress up in traditional Chinese outfits. The females would wear a qi pao (or cheongsam), which is a traditional Chinese dress. When the qi pao first came around, it was a loose article of clothing that hid most of a women’s body. Over time, it was tailored to be more form fitting to adapt with the modernization of the pattern.
This is an example of a more modern version of the qi pao. It has short sleeves and a short hemline, but still uses a traditional type of pattern.
The male version of the qi pao/cheongsam is called the chang pao (or changsan). Males would formally wear the chang pao as part of their daily uniform before the more Westernized suit became popular.
Via Cultural China
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