10 Interesting Facts About Chinese New Year That You Would Like To Know

Lantern and Chinese New Year-unsplashHow Much Do You Know About Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year)?

The Chinese New Year is a celebration that begins on the first new moon. This year, it falls on Feb 12th, 2021 Friday (Check the Dates for Chinese New Year), and it goes until February 26TH lasting about 15 days. Due to Covid-19, how’s the Chinese New Year will be like in 2021?

Most people have heard about the Chinese New Year because it is an important celebration of culture and life in Chinese culture. As we get ready for it, here are 10 interesting facts you haven’t heard about the Chinese New Year.

  • 1. It’s Also Called the Spring Festival

The Chinese people call it Chunjie (春节). The holiday at the start of spring. During this time, the Chinese look forward to good things in the new beginning, like planting and good harvests.

  • 2. New Year Has No Specific Date

The Chinese use the lunar calendar in as much as they officially recognize the modern-day calendar. They celebrate Winter Solstice as part of their celebrations too. Some Chinese get their birthdates according to the lunar calendar. The Chinese New Year is anywhere between Jan 21st and Feb 20th.

  • 3. Setting off Fireworks at Night 

Firecrackers are for fending off ghosts and misfortunes. Setting off fireworks at night symbolizes welcoming another year. A similar traditional event takes place in Mexico, known as the Day of the Dead and the Korean Chuseok.

The burning of fake currencies is to honor their dead relatives in the hope that it will open the doors of luck in life after death

  • 4. Gifting of Small Children in Red Envelopes

Children receive red envelopes with gifts during this season of celebration. They may contain money, which they believe transfer good luck from their ancestors. A digital red envelope is catching up with the latest technology.

The Qiang Hongbao translates to snatching involves sending an envelope and watching recipients scramble.

  • 5. Desserts with Meaning 

The type of dessert on the menu symbolizes something in real life. Tanguan means soup made from meatballs, which could also translate to a reunion. Nian Gao is a cake symbolizing success and the Fa in Fa Gao means to find wealth.

  • 6. Red Decorations

Every home changes everything to red- symbolizing a weapon whose presence in all New Year décor is notable. You will notice red lanterns hanging onto windows and people purchasing new red clothes to start the year.

  • 7. Zodiac Animal

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Zodiac Animals

The zodiac signs the Chinese identify with are 12, where every symbol represents a whole year. The year 2020 marks the year of the rat, meaning anybody born this year will take the good traits of the rat. (More about What is the Chinese Zodiac?)

  • 8. Greetings for the New Year

Xin nian kuai le” (Happy New Year) and other greetings in Chinese talk about harvests, wealth, fortune, longevity, and families. To the Chinese, handing down the family name is vital, and this perhaps the large population of the Chinese people.

  • 9. The Lantern Festival 

The festival marks a night celebrating freedom known locally as the Lantern Festival. In the old times, girls could not come out alone. However, on this particular night, the ladies are free. The Chinese mark it as their valentine’s day.

  • 10. New Year Celebrations is a Worldwide Celebration 

The Chinese make one-fifth of the people in the world. The Chinese New Year is celebrated across the globe. Outside Asia, the biggest spring festival takes place in other big cities like San Francisco, London, and Sydney.

As the New Year season approaches, make sure to go out and watch the lion dances, parades, fireworks and eat fantastic food!


Author: AQI Service as a professional quality control service company in China specialized in providing a complete range of quality inspection and testing certification services in China & Asia for global importers, buyers, retailers, and sellers.

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