Common e-card themes used for the Chinese New Year include images of lanterns, firecrackers and the animal representing the next year of the Chinese calendar. Many e-cards quote passages from the Christian bible, although, like celebrating the new year in other countries, the holiday is not a religious event.
Common decorations and symbols for the Chinese New Year include red lanterns, red couplets and New Year's paintings specific to the year being entered into according to the Chinese New Year. New Year's couplets (??: Ch?nlián /chwn-lyen/) are paired phrases, usually of seven Chinese characters, written on red paper in black ink.