Chinese New Year – Facts

Things to know about Chinese New Year!
  1. There is no set date for Chinese New Year it can range from  January 21st to February 20.  This year, 2020, it occurs on January 25th.
  2. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. Although its still very wintry the holiday marks the end of the coldest days.
  3. The most fireworks are set off in the world on this night but due to safety reasons and concerns for air pollution many Chinese cities have banned fireworks.
  4. It is the longest Chinese holiday, technically 15 days but celebrations start on New year Eve making it 16.
  5. Traditionally people spend time with family and the most important part of Chinese New Year is the family reunion, everyone should be home for the New Year’s Eve dinner.
  6. There is a day before the Spring Festival dedicated to cleaning, this day is to sweep the bad luck away and make room for the good luck.
  7. The Chinese decorate everything red for Chinese New Year, they will hang red lanterns and and red decorations.
  8. New clothes are believe to bring good luck and people will add new red clothing to their wardrobe too.
  9. The New Year greeting in Chinese is “xin nian kuai le” literally meaning “Happy New Year”.
  10. In Mandarin Chinese its “gong xi fa cai” meaning “congratulations on the fortune”