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Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)

Happy Chinese New Year!

2018 Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 16. It is the Year of the Dog according to Chinese zodiac. It is a great 

chance to experience the folk customs!


Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history. It is the grandest and the

most important annual event for Chinese people.
 

 Time for Family Reunion

12 zodiac signs of Chinese New Year

Being one of the traditional festivals, it is the time for the whole families to reunite together, which is similar with Christmas Day to the westerners.
 

 The Longest Public Holiday

Most employees in China have at least seven days off work, including three days' legal holiday, while students take one month absence from school. The celebration lasts for 15 days from the 1st to 15th day of the first lunar month, and in folklore it starts even earlier, from the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month.
 

 Holiday Origins from Monster Nian

Originating during the Shang Dynasty (17th - 11th century BC), the festival used to be observed to fight against the monster "Nian" who liked to eat children and livestock. The monster was afraid of red color and loud sound. Therefore, people decorated their houses in red and set off firecrackers to expel it.
 

When is exactly Chinese New Year? Based on the lunar calendar, the festival has no exact date and it changes each year, but it mostly falls on a day from January 21st to February 20th in Gregorian calendar. The lunar calendar also defines the 12-year repeating cycle of Chinese zodiac, and each year is named after an animal.

How long is the festival? The festival lasts for 15 days from Chinese New Year Eve to Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year.
 
Year Date Holiday Zodiac Sign
2016 February 8 February 7 - 13 Monkey
2017 January 28 January 27 - February 2 Rooster
2018 February 16 February 15 - 21 Dog
2019 February 5 February 4 - 10 Pig
2020 January 25 January 24 - 30 Rat
2021 February 12 February 11 - 17 Ox
The preparation starts seven days before the Chinese New Year's Eve, and the holiday celebration will last to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first lunar month. Following a day-by-day guide, Chinese people have different things to do on each day. Among these days, the Eve and the first day are the peak time, when people will have big dinners and set off fireworks.
23rd day of last lunar month:
Worshiping the Kitchen God
24th day of last lunar month:
Clean up the house thoroughly
26th-27th of last lunar month:
Shopping for festival items
last day of last lunar month 
(Chinese New Year's Eve):
Pasting Spring Festival couplets, 
having reunion dinner, 
watching TV gala, 
setting off fireworks
1st day of first lunar month:
Setting off firecrackers, 
eating dumplings, 
visiting relatives
2nd day of first lunar month:
Worshiping the God of Wealth, 
married daughters returning home
15th day of first lunar month 
(Lantern Festival):
Lantern fair, 
guessing lantern riddles, 
eating rice dumplings
5th day of first lunar month:
Welcoming the God of Wealth
Before the Spring Festival, every family will have a thorough house cleanup and go for festival items shopping. The red spring couplets, red Fu Character, and red animal paper cut are pasted for decoration. Also, new clothes must be bought, especially for children. At the reunion dinner on Lunar New Year's Eve, people from north will eat dumplings, which southern people are used to have Niangao (glutinous rice cake). Red Envelopes are given to kids and elders to share the blessing.

Why is red color so popular? It's because red symbolizes hapiness, prosperity and good luck in Chinese culture.
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