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10 Interesting Facts and Traditions On Chinese New Year
WOOF WOOF, until February 2019, it will be year of the dog! We felt an obligation around here to examine the Chinese New Year.
#1 It’s a fifteen day tradition
Starting at Midnight, the party begins. People start cracking off fireworks and other explosive delights in celebration of the New Year. The main theme of the first day despite the festivities is to pay homage to your elders.
#2 Everything Shuts Down
“Made in China, oh wait I just promised 400 orders of.. stuff!” For about three weeks all production stops. You can imagine how this affects businesses. The biggest industry is the production of goods for export, so there are many good stories online of this ruining peoples livelihoods for a bit.
#3 It’s Not The Same Day Every Year
It’s a Lunar New Year. This means the moon decides when the party is happenin’. Anywhere between the 21st of January and the 20th of February. It’s decided by the new moon that appears between these dates.
#4 Red Letter Envelopes
You’ve heard of the power tie in the USA? In Asian countries red is used for something a little bit different. It’s a symbol of good luck and celebration. During Chinese New Year’s little red envelopes are passed among relatives and friends, and they’re filled with cold hard cash.
#5 It’s Freaking HUGE
Imagine a place with nearly 5 times the population of the USA. Now imagine them partying. That’s Chinese New Year. 1.4 Billion People.
#6 There’s good eatin’
They have their own special New Year’s Cake. Called the “niangao”. A sticky rice snack that looks freaking delicious. We really like the meaning behind the food. That is to raise oneself taller. Basically, keep going and improving. Similar to the Japanese concept of Kaizen.
#7 Gifts(In Addition to the Red Envelopes)
You thought money was enough? Well, when the fat wad of cash is weighing down your pants and your face is stuffed with niangao, expect grandma to slap you in the gut with a present! Doesn’t this sound delightful? It’s usually food, too.
#8 They Have Their Own Song
In other parts of the world you might hear a scream, “Happy New Year!” That’s not the case in China. Translated in English as ,”New Year’s Good, YA”.
The lyrics: Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New Year to you all! We are singing; we are dancing. Happy New year to you all!
We like it 🙂
#9 Brand New Clothing
You have to look fresh on New Year’s in China. Red is a common color all over the country during this time, but the clothing is usually brand new. A symbol of prosperity.
#10 It’s also called The Spring Festival
Many other countries join in on the celebration. They can’t call it the Chinese New Year can they? So they rebrand it! Things like ,”Lunar New Year”, “New Year Festival”, and “Spring Festival”.
FAQ about Chinese New Year
Why chinese new year is celebrated
Similar to New Year’s in other parts of the world, Chinese New Year’s is celebrated because of a calendar turning over. However, they use a Lunar calendar for this celebration. So, to us it might seem off but it’s only because they’re using a different metric!
How chinese new year is celebrated
By paying homage to the ancestors, giving gifts, celebrating the past and the future!
Along with food, there’s a lot of food.
Where chinese new year originated
A really really long time ago is the simple answer. Like, before dvd.
It is said to have started during the Shang Dynasty. Around 1700 BC. However, there is no true proof of the exact time it started!