Last Updated: 23rd January, 2019

Chinese New Year Facts

Chinese New Year is draped in age old traditions and beliefs. The Chinese New Year Facts provide an insight into the vividness of the Chinese culture and tradition. It present us the rich heritage of the world's one of the most ancient civilizations. The New Year or the Spring festival is the most celebrated occasion as it is not just about holidaying but a time to reflect on the essence of ancient customs.

  • Chinese New Year is the longest Chinese Holiday.

  • During Chinese New Year, when you serve, ensure surplus.

  • No cleaning of house on New Year eve and Day, it is believed that if we clean the house good fortune may be swept.

  • In Chinese New Year, Firecrackers ward of the Mythical beast Nian.

  • The color red is very important in Chinese New Year tradition, as it symbolizes fire and is believed to ward off evil spirits.

  • People greet each other by "auspicious phrases" like "gong xi fa cai," which translates to "Congratulations and be prosperous."

  • Chunyun, The period just before the Chinese New Year, is the busiest travel time of the entire year.

  • Chinese New Year draws in when the chill north wind blows hard, and winter is at its peak.

  • People in China believe that as they enter a new year, they should drop the last year into the silence limbo of the past.

  • Common Chinese New Year Activity includes cleaning the houses from top to bottom, purchasing new clothes, paying off debts, painting their doors and window panes, and even getting new haircuts.

  • There is no fixed date for Chinese New Year as it is celebrated in accordance with the lunar calendar. The Lunar calendar is based on the time the moon takes to go around the Earth.

  • The beginning of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February.

  • Origin of the Chinese New Year Calendar is deeply rooted in age old traditions, dating from 2600BC when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac.
  • The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cyclical dating that is governed by the track record of the new moon. A complete cycle, according to the Chinese calendar, takes sixty years and consists of five cycles of twelve years each.

  • One of the most important characteristics of Chinese New Year Calendar is, it names each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend says that â??Lord Buddha had called for all the animals to come to him before he departed from the earth. But only twelve animals came to offer him farewell and as a token Lord Buddha named a year after each of the twelve animals in the order they arrived.â??

  • According to the popular Chinese myth the animal ruling the year in which a person is born tremendously influences his or her behavior and traits.

  • With the preparations of feeding the Kitchen God, the celebrations of Chinese New Year gets kicked off. The Spring Festival ceremoniously commences with the practice of offering a sacrifice to the Kitchen God. Kitchen God is a deity sent from Heaven to each house to take charge of family's affairs and make a report on what the family has done in the past year.

  • Traditionally, the celebrations for the Chinese New Year last up to fifteen days. During these days, the Chinese wish each other by saying "Kung Hei Fat Choy" which means having a great fortune, or "Kung Hall Sun Hei", which implies happy New Year.

  • Married couples give red envelopes with lucky money to their kids or relatives of their younger generations instead of giving presents. The money can be used to buy holiday treats.

  • The Chinese value their family a lot. So, Chinese New Year is a pretext of family reunion, where folks of the family gather for feast and acknowledge the spirits of their forefathers.

  • Traditionally dinner is usually a feast of seafood and dumplings, symbolizing prosperity and good wishes. Chinese New Year Dish includes:

  • prawns for liveliness and pleasure
  • dried oysters for all things good in life
  • raw fish salad to usher in good luck and prosperity
  • dumplings boiled in water signifying a long-lost good wish for a family
  • Fai-hai (Angel Hair), edible hair-like seaweed to bring prosperity for the family.
  • Chinese love excitement & merriment and New Year gives them an opportunity to do so. Chinese New Year is characterized by street celebrations which includes the lion dance and dragon dance with exploding sounds of fire crackers. The loud noise made by the fire crackers signifies getting rid of sadness or bad events of last year and ushering in a good and prosperous coming year.