Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the grandest festival in China, with a 7-day long holiday. As the most colorful annual event, the celebration lasts longer, lasts two weeks, and the climax arrives after the Lunar New Year’s Eve with iconic red lanterns, beautiful fireworks, massive banquets.
Time for Family Getogether
Like Christmas in Western countries, Chinese New Year is a time to be home with family, cooking, chatting, drinking, and enjoying a hearty meal together.
2020 – The Year of the Rat
In 2020 Chinese New Year festival falls on Jan. 25. It is the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac, People born in the Years of the Rat including 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008 will experience their Zodiac Year of Birth.
Why is it called Spring Festival?
The festival date is in January or February, around the Chinese solar term the ‘Beginning of Spring’, so it is also named the ‘Spring Festival’.
Which Customs & Activities ?
When all streets and lanes are decorated with vibrant red lanterns and colorful lights, the Lunar New Year is approaching. What do Chinese people do then? After half a month’s busy time with a house spring-cleans and holiday shopping, the festivities kick off on New Year’s Eve, and last 15 days, until the full moon arrives with the Lantern Festival. Scroll down and let’s look through the core traditions and practices of the Chinese New Year.
CCTV New Year’s Gala – 20:00 to 0:30
Chinese most-watched television special, despite the declining viewership in recent years. The 4.5-hour live broadcast features music, dance, comedy, opera, and acrobatic performances. Although the audience becomes more and more critical of the programs, that never stops people from turning on the TV on time. The delightful songs and words act as a habitual background to a reunion dinner, for after all it’s been a tradition ever since 1983.
Visiting Relatives – from One Family to Another
People start to visit relatives on the second day of the New Year. The married couples go to visit the wife’s parents’ home on the second day. The following days will be spent in various relatives’ houses. For some extended families in rural areas, half a month is barely enough to visit everyone. People bring gifts to one another’s homes and give red envelopes to the kids.