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Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)


2016 Chinese New Year falls on February 8. It is the Year of the Monkeyaccording to Chinese zodiac. It will be a great chance to experience the traditional 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.
12 animal signs of Chinese zodiac

Time for Family ReunionBeing 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 HolidayThe festival 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. Most employees will have seven days off work, while students take one month absence from school.

Holiday Origins from Monster NianOriginating 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.

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New Year Dates

Based on Chinese lunar calendar, the New Year 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.
YearDateHolidayZodiac Sign
2015February 19February 18 - 24Sheep
2016February 8February 7 - 13Monkey
2017January 28January 27 - February 2Rooster
2018February 16February 15 - 21Dog
2019February 5February 4 - 6Pig
2020January 25January 24 - 30Rat


Festivities Schedule
The preparation starts seven days before the 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
(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


Customs and Activities
Before the Spring Festival, every family will have a thorough house cleanup and go for festival items shopping. The spring couplets, Fu Character, and animal paper cut are pasted for decoration. Also, new clothes must be bought, especially for children. At the reunion dinner on 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.



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Modern Activities

New practices and activities take place as some old traditions fade away. The train and bus tickets can be scarcely purchased during the Spring Festival Travel Rush; newlyweds squabble over whose home to go; bachelors are so anxious and stressed that they rent a fake girlfriend home; socializing by phones are highly welcomed.
Taboos

At the start of a fresh lunar year, Chinese people will take their daily practices as predictive signs for the coming year. Many bad words like "death", "broken", "killing", "ghost" and "illness" or "sickness" are forbidden during conversations. Crying, washing, lending and taking medicine are also considered unlucky.




Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas


  • Liquor
  • Cigarettes
  • Tea
  • Fruits
  • Healthcare Products
  • Red Envelopes

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Best Places to Go


In China, different places have their own traditions and activities to celebrate this grand festival. Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian and Pingyao with authentic folk activities are good places to go if one intends to come during the holiday. Join a tour with us to the top destinations retaining wonderful scenic spots and cultural heritage.

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Celebrations around the World


The festival is not only observed in China mainland, but also celebrated in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, some Asian countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, and also Chinatowns in USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. The traditions also evolve into their unique ways of celebration.
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