Chinese New Year History
Chinese New Year or Spring Festival celebrates a year of hard work and gives people the opportunity to wish for a lucky new year. It is China's most important festival and involves family reunions, elaborate decorations and giving red envelopes.
Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar and usually falls between January 21 and February 20. In 2017 Chinese New Year was celebrated on January 288th. The Calendar functions on a 12 year animal cycle that many associate with the celebration.
Chinese New Year Facts & Quotes
- 2016 is the Year of the Monkey according to the Chinese animal zodiac cycle. 2017 will be the Year of Rooster or Red Fire Chicken.
- The names of the Chinese calendar are repeated every 60 years.
- The Chinese New Year is celebrated as the Spring Festival in China. It is the nation's most important festival.
- Every child receives a monetary gift for New Year. The gift is wrapped in a red envelope.
I wish you happiness that comes from within, the best of luck to keep you pushing and peace in all days of the New Year. - Gong Xi Fa Cai, Popular New Year song
Chinese New Year Top Events and Things to Do
- Sing a popular Chinese New Year song called Gonf Xi Fa Cai.
- Clean your he house. It is customary for Chinese to clean their homes in preparation for the New Year and the fresh start.
- Prepare your red envelopes for the kids. This is considered lucky money for children.
- Attend a Chinese New Year Festival in a town near you. Most large cities in the US have a Chinatown district that will host events and pageants.
- Get together with friends and create a long dragon on sticks. One person gets to create the head, and the remainder create the long flowy tail. Remember to use bright colors.