Things You Probably Don’t Know About Spring Festival
Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is the most welcomed holiday in China.
Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is the most welcomed holiday in China. Here are some things that you probably didn’t know about Chinese New Year.
There’s no exact date for Spring Festival
According to the Lunar calendar, the Spring Festival is on January 1st and lasts until the 15th (the full moon), which means the Spring Festival varies every year. In 2021, the Spring Festival is February 12.
Talking about the lunar calendar, it still exists in China, and most of the Chinese celebrate their birthdays by the lunar calendar as well.
Chinese set off firecrackers in Spring Festival
Spring Festival is a happy and lively day for everyone in China, so in order to heighten the festival atmosphere, fireworks are the traditional way to do it.
In Spring Festival, we decorate things with red
In Chinese history, people celebrated the Spring Festival because they had driven the monster Nian away, and Red is one of the powerful weapons. That’s why every Chinese will decorate their house with red, like red lanterns and red couplets.
Children get lucky money in red envelopes
You may receive many gifts in Christmas when you are kids. But in China, people prefer the direct way——the money in a red envelopes, also known as the Hongbao.
The interesting thing is, adults nowadays get the Hongbao as well. Thanks to the smartphone and WeChat, millions of billions people in China share their happiness and send one digital red envelopes into group chats and split the money together. It’s not usually about the money, it’s about sending the message about blessings.