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Happy Chinese New Year 2018

 2018-02-12    Ying C    Tips    Beijing    923  

Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring  Festival”, is China’s most important traditional festival. New Year’s Day  normally falls between January 21 and February 20. The 2018 Chinese New Year  begins on Friday, February 16. The coming public holiday lasts for 7 days, from  the lunar New Year’s Eve to the sixth day of the first lunar month (February 15  - 21). Traditionally, the festival lasts longer, from the Lunar New Year’s Eve  to the Lantern Festival, which marks the final day of the Chinese New Year  celebrations.

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Chinese New Year is the most colorful event  in the calendar. Apart from eating reunion dinner with family, Chinese New Year  is accompanied by an array of customs and traditions, including cleaning  houses, giving red packets, watching lion and dragon dances and more.


House Cleaning

 Customarily, Chinese families clean their  houses to sweep away the bad luck of the past year. Don’t forget to avoid  dusting on New Year’s Day, for fear that good fortune will be swept away.


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Family Reunion Dinner

 Chinese families gather for a sumptuous  reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve. In northern China, dumplings are popular dish  during Chinese New Year. Whereas in the south, it’s more common to see Niangao  made from glutinous rice.


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Red Packets
 Traditionally, kids will receive red  packets stuffed with “lucky money” and best wishes from senior family members  on New Year’s Day. Nowadays young people use red packet apps, so their  relatives can transfer cash digitally.


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Lion and Dragon Dances
 This traditional dance is performed in the  street to the accompaniment of drums and cymbals. Dragon dances are performed  by a troupe of acrobatic dancers, whereas lion dances are performed by just two  dancers. The purpose is to bring good fortune and prosperity to the  neighborhood for the coming year.


Year of the Dog
 2018 is the year of the Dog. The Dog is the  eleventh of all zodiac animals. People born in the year of the dog are  considered loyal, honest and just. Always helpful to others, they are popular  in social circles.


Hope you now understand better of the  festival through this quick introduction. Finally, wishing you luck in the Year  of the Dog!

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