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Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 23 January 2024 Last update: Saturday، 10 February 2024
Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is a vibrant and culturally rich celebration that marks the beginning of the lunar new year. Chinese New Year 2024 will fall on Saturday, February 10th, 2024, starting a year of the Wood Dragon. Beyond the dragon dances and red lanterns, discover these 15 intriguing facts about this auspicious occasion.

Here are 15 interesting facts about the Chinese New Year:

Lunar Calendar:

Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar. Each year the New Year in China falls on a different date than on the Gregorian calendar. The dates usually range sometime between January 21st and February 20th.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Festival Length:

Chinese New Year celebrations last for 15 days, culminating in the Lantern Festival.

Symbolic Animals:

Each year is associated with an animal in the Chinese zodiac. There are 12 animals, namely the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, and 2024 is the Year of the Dragon.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Read More: Chinese Zodiac. What Are They? What Is My Chinese Zodiac?

Family Reunion:

The festival is synonymous with family reunions. It's considered crucial for family members to return home and celebrate together.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Festival Migration:

The largest human migration occurs during this time as millions travel to be with their families. This is called Chunyun, also known as the Chinese New Year Migration, or Spring Festival Travel Rush.

Lantern Festival:

The 15th day of the lunar new year marks the Lantern Festival, where vibrant lanterns light up the night sky. It marks the first full moon of the new lunar year and the end of the Chinese New Year period. Chinese Lantern Festival 2024 will be celebrated on February 24th in 2024. 

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Red Envelopes (Hongbao):

Elders gift red envelopes containing money, symbolizing good luck and prosperity, to younger family members.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Firecrackers:

Traditional firecrackers are believed to scare away evil spirits. However, their use is limited in urban areas due to safety concerns.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Nian Monster Legend:

According to the legend, the Nian monster was a fearsome creature that emerged annually to terrorize villages, devouring crops, livestock, and even humans. It was especially active on the eve of the lunar New Year.

The villagers soon discovered that the Nian was afraid of loud noises, bright lights, and the color red. To protect themselves, they started hanging red lanterns, using firecrackers, and wearing red clothing.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Festival of Lights:

The streets come alive with colorful lights and decorations, creating a festive and joyous atmosphere.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

No Sweeping Floors:

It's considered unlucky to sweep or clean on the first day of the new year to avoid sweeping away good luck.

Dragon and Lion Dances:

These lively dances are performed to bring good luck and prosperity to the community.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Decorations:

Homes are adorned with red decorations, representing happiness, wealth, and longevity.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

Dumplings:

Eating dumplings during the festival is a tradition as they symbolize wealth and a promising future.

Chinese New Year Unveiled: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Celebration

New Year's Eve Dinner:

Families gather for a lavish reunion dinner on New Year's Eve, featuring symbolic dishes with special meanings.

Chinese New Year, a captivating blend of tradition and festivity, holds a profound cultural significance that goes beyond the visual spectacle, making it a globally celebrated occasion.

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