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Facts about Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year 2024 – all the facts you need to know.
As we near February, we have gathered the best list of facts about Chinese New Year.
This year, Chinese New Year is on Saturday 10th February and it is the year of the Dragon Zodiac.
The Chinese New Year date changes every year, but is always held between January 21st and February 20th, as the Chinese year follows the lunar calendar. The holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, (the winter solstice, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun), on December 21st.
What are the traits of the Chinese Dragon?
The dragon is a powerful and energetic leader. They are confident in who they are and possess the keenest sense of self among all of the 12 zodiac signs of Chinese astrology.
What years are the Chinese Dragon Zodiac?
The years of the Chinese Dragon Zodiac are every 12 years and are as follows:
1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2024 and 2036.
What happens on Chinese New Year.
In China, New Year is a week-long public holiday, just like Christmas in the UK, Chinese New Year is a time for families to come together.
New Year’s Eve is the centre of festivities where families sit down and have a ‘reunion dinner’, like our traditional Christmas lunch. The Chinese population are expected to be at home to celebrate the festival with their families.
Some facts that you may not have known about Chinese New Year and it’s celebrations.
1. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival.
2. There is no set date for Chinese New Year very year.
3. Chinese New Year is a day for praying to gods.
4. …and fighting off monsters.
5. The most fireworks are set off in the world that night.
6. It is the longest Chinese holiday.
The Spring Festival is technically 15 days. But celebrations start on New Year’s Eve (making it 16 days). You can also say that the holiday season starts in (lunar) December with the Laba Festival (腊八节 / là bā jié). That’s around 40 days of celebrations!
7. And the Spring Festival causes the largest human migration in the world.
8. Children receive red envelopes which contain ‘lucky money’.
9. You can eat dumplings for every meal, every day.
10. Chinese New Year desserts have different meanings.
11. There’s special wine for the Spring Festival.
12. Red is the most popular colour decoration for Chinese New Year.
13. Every year has a zodiac animal.
There are 12 Chinese Zodiac animals in total. Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig.
14. Your zodiac year is bad luck.
As the Chinese zodiac starts over every 12 years, your animal year will come around when you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, etc. According to ancient Chinese superstition, in your birth sign year, you will offend the God of Age, and will have bad luck during that year.
15. You grow 1 year older on the Spring Festival.
16. The New Year greeting in Chinese is “xin nian kuai le”.
17. Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival.
In ancient times, girls weren’t allowed to venture outside by themselves. But on this night, they were able to walk around, moon-gaze and look at the beautiful lanterns. Because of this, it’s also known as Valentine’s Day in China.
18. Chinese New Year is celebrated all around the world.
One out of every 5 people in the world is Chinese. But that stat doesn’t include the millions of overseas Chinese and people of Chinese descent.
How to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Clean your home.
The cleaning tradition is founded on the belief that cleaning your house just before Chinese New Year will sweep away the bad luck that you had accumulated over the past year, and cleaning it makes it ready for all the good luck that the new year will bring.
Put up red decorations.
Red is the colour and symbol of good luck in Chinese culture and is used in New Year Decorations. You could:
- Put up paper cut-outs.
- Decorate with paper lanterns.
- Check out this 2024 year of the Dragon luxury scented candle.
Giving of red envelopes.
During Chinese New Year, adults gift lucky red envelopes containing money to children.
Living at Host Student Accommodation in London?
Chinese New Year in London is the biggest celebration of the Chinese New Year outside of Asia.
Taking place on the 11th February, the free event takes place across the West End, From Shaftesbury Avenue to Trafalgar Square. The colourful celebrations usually include the vibrant Chinese New Year parade, featuring floats and the largest gathering of Chinese lions and dragons in Europe.
Keep up to date with the celebrations with the official #CNYLondon hashtag. To find out more about the events in London during Chinese New Year, be sure to check out Visit London.
Birmingham’s Lunar New Year Festival shines a spotlight on the fantastic talent within the region and celebrates the many communities marking the Lunar New Year.
Celebrations will take place in Southside District on the 11th February 2024. View the full Lunar New Year events programme.
Or living in Southampton with Host?
Each year, UK Shaolin and The Southampton Community come together to celebrate this auspicious occasion with a series of colourful events, cultural performances, and traditional customs.
You can join the community as they explore the lively and enchanting festivities that will grace Southampton City during Chinese New Year 2024 on the 3rd February 2024.
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This year, Chinese New Year is on Saturday 10th February and it is the year of the Dragon Zodiac. The Chinese New Year date changes every year, but is always held between January 21st and February 20th, as the Chinese year follows the lunar calendar. The holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, (the winter solstice, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun), on December 21st.