Chinese New Year – Date, History, Importance & Significance

Chinese New Year is also known as the lunar new year or spring festival. Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the grandest festival in China, with a 7-day long holiday. As the most colorful annual event, the traditional CNY celebration lasts longer, up to two weeks, and the climax arrives around the Lunar New Year’s Eve.

During this period, China is dominated by iconic red lanterns, loud fireworks, massive banquets, and parades, and the festival even triggers exuberant celebrations across the globe.

Chinese New Year – Date, History, Importance & Significance

In 2021 Chinese New Year festival falls on Feb. 12. According to the Chinese zodiac, it is the Year of the Ox, which features a 12-year cycle with each year represented by a specific animal. People born in the Years of the Ox, including 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, and 2009 will experience their Zodiac Year of Birth (Ben Ming Nian).

Like Christmas in Western countries, the Chinese New Year is a time to be home with family, chat, drink, cook, and enjoy a hearty meal together.

Unlike the universal New Year observed on January 1st, Chinese New Year is never on a fixed date. The dates vary according to the Chinese lunar calendar but generally fall on a day between January 21st and February 20th in the Gregorian calendar.

How long is the festival? Most people in China have at least seven days off work, including three days’ legal holiday and the preceding and following weekends. Here’s a CNY timetable for recent years, marked in UTC/GMT+08:00.

The festival date is in January or February, around the Chinese solar term, the ‘Beginning of Spring,’ so it is also named the ‘Spring Festival.’ Also visit to read latest, happy new year wishes.

In China, an old saying goes, ‘Food is the first important thing for people’ while a modern saying ‘3 pounds’ weight gain at every festival.’ Both show the Chinese people’s love of food. There probably are no other people quite like the Chinese who are so passionate and fastidious about cooking. Besides basic requirements of appearance, smell, and taste, they insist on creating festival foods bearing auspicious meanings and bring good luck.

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The holiday is sometimes called the Lunar New Year because the dates of celebration follow the moon’s phases. Since the mid-1990s, people in China have been given seven consecutive days off work during the Chinese New Year. This week of relaxation has been designated Spring Festival, which is sometimes used to refer to the New Year in general.

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