Check out these 10 interesting facts about Chinese New Year! How many of these do you already know?
1) Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) celebration lasts for 15 days, and it is the longest and most important festival for Chinese people.
2) The date for Chinese New Year changes each year because it is determined by the lunar calendar. Normally, it falls between January 21 and February 20.
3) Every Chinese New Year starts a new animal zodiac year. There are 12 Chinese Zodiac signs, which are the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig. Learn more about Chinese Zodiac
4) Chinese New Year is an official public holiday, and most Chinese people have about 8-10 days off work.
5) One third of the people in the world celebrate Chinese New Year, and family members have dinner together in New Year’s Eve (as you can see in the picture above).
6) Right before Chinese New Year, people spend time cleaning their houses. They believe that cleaning houses for the New Year celebrations sweep away bad luck and help ensure good luck for the year to come.
7) Chinese people consider the color red is one of the luckiest colors of all. Therefore, red decorations are everywhere for Chinese New Year. Older family member also give out lucky money in red envelopes.
8) During Chinese New Year, people greet each other by using auspicious phrases, and these phrases include Xin Nian Kuai Le (means happy New Year) or Gong Xi Fa Cai (means congratulations and be prosperous). Children also say Gong Xi Fa Cai, Hong Bao Na Lai to get lucky money. Gong Xi Fa Cai, Hong Bao Na Lai means, “Congratulations and be prosperous. Now give me a red envelop.”
9) Red envelopes are given out from bosses to employees as a special New Year’s bonus.
10) Fireworks are used to scare the evil spirits away. Also, the flash and bang of the firecrackers and fireworks scare away these evil spirits and ghosts.