What is Chinese New Year?

  • BY Steve Gamel
  • January 20, 2020
By Steve Gamel

We are all used to celebrating the New Year on December 31 and January 1, but it’s not the only New Year’s celebrations that are going on in the world. The Chinese New Year is on January 25 and is easily regarded as the most important Chinese holiday of the year.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, is the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. According to chinesenewyears.info, the celebration begins on New Year’s Eve and lasts for around 15 days through the middle of the first month. Before the celebration, people traditionally clean their houses thoroughly and also display traditional New Year’s decorations. This festivity is a time for family reunions; people often visit relatives and friends, do some shopping, watch traditional Chinese New Year events, launch fireworks, and plan for the coming year.

In modern China, Chinese New Year is a celebrated public holiday, and working professionals usually enjoy 7 days of time off, including the weekend. Here are some more interesting facts about Chinese New Year that we all should know:

  • There’s no set date for Chinese New Year — For example, last year it fell on February 5.
  • It’s celebrated all over the world — There are people of Chinese descent all over the world.
  • 15 days — The celebration lasts for 15 days and culminates with the Lantern Festival.
  • There’s a ton of fireworks — Fireworks are set off at midnight and again in the morning.
  • No showering, sweeping, or throwing out garbage — You read that right. Showering is not allowed on New Year’s Day. Sweeping and throwing out garbage aren’t allowed before the fifth.
  • Children don’t receive gifts — Instead, they receive red envelopes with money.
  • Every year has a zodiac animal — This is why you’ve heard of Year of the Pig, Rat, Dog, etc.
  • You grow a year older — In China, you have a real age and a fake age. The fake age increases with the Spring Festival.

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Those born the year of the rat are more likely to be optimistic and energetic. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with their opinion. On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy.

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