Everything You Need to Know About Chinese New Year!
When and Why is Chinese New Year Celebrated?
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring festival, is the most important traditional festival celebrated in China. Chinese New Year symbolizes the start of the new year on the lunar calendar. This year, Chinese New Year begins on February 1st, 2022, and ends with the lantern festival on February 15th.
How is Chinese New Year Celebrated?
The new year is a time for friends and family to gather together. New Year’s Eve consists of a family reunion dinner, the giving of red envelopes, and staying up late to ring in the new year. On Chinese New Year’s Day, fireworks are set off and sacrifices will be given to ancestors.
What are the Chinese Zodiacs?
You may have heard of people talking about how this year is the Year of the Tiger. But what does that mean? There is an ancient Chinese story about how the Emperor wanted a way to measure time, so he decided to have an animal named after each year. He held a race, and the first twelve animals to cross the finish line got a year named after them. The twelve animals that represent the years are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Depending on what year you were born, you are assigned a zodiac. Each of these animals has personality traits; the tiger’s traits include strength and bravery.
Why the Color Red?
Around the time of the new year, houses and businesses are decorated with lanterns, paper cuttings, door couplets, and flower arrangements, all in the color red. The color red is a symbol of wealth, happiness, and prosperity; the color red is also said to scare away bad fortune.
Why do People Light Fireworks?
In an ancient Chinese legend, a group of village people was under attack by a monster called Nian. To scare the monster away, the villagers wore bright colors and lit firecrackers. They chased the beast away, and to this day the traditions of lighting fireworks and wearing brightly colored clothes continue.