Chinese New Year or 'Spring Festival' is China's most important festival and holiday. The next CNY falls on Friday, February 16th 2018, beginning a year of the Dog.
CNY is celebrated by a quarter of the world! Spring Festival is a major holiday in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and in many of China's neighboring countries such as Singapore and South Korea. And it's celebrated in the world's many China towns
When It Is and Animal Signs -2018 is a year of the Dog.
CNY's date is decided by the Chinese lunar calendar, and it changes every year, but it's always in the period January 21 to February 20.
It's traditionally celebrated for 16 days, from the eve to Lantern Festival (March 2nd 2018). The coming 7-day Spring Festival public holiday will be February 15–21, 2018. See more on Chinese New Year Dates.
Each Chinese year is associated with an animal sign according to the Chinese zodiac. Chinese traditionally believe that years begin and end at Chinese New Year, rather than January 1. 2018 is a year of the Dog.
Popularity of the Chinese New Year Gala
Chinese New Year Gala is a part of tradition activities for Chinese People.Family members get together and sit around the heater, chatting while watching the TV show, and waiting for the coming of midnight, They eat and drink late into the night, when the old year is dismissed and the new year is welcomed in.sometimes stay up all night chatting with family members, and go to sleep when they please.
The New Year's Eve dinner is called 'reunion dinner', and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. Big families of several generations sit around round tables and enjoy the food and time together. Dishes with lucky meanings must be included in the dinner such as fish, dumplings, and spring rolls.Some Chinese worship their ancestors before the reunion dinner, to show that they are putting their ancestors first.
Firecrackers and Fireworks at Midnight
It has long been a Chinese tradition to set off firecrackers from the first minute of their new year. Fireworks have increasingly been added to the cacophony.From public displays in major cities to millions of private celebrations in China's rural areas, setting off firecrackers and fireworks is an indispensable festivity
New Year Gifts and Red Envelopes
Like at Christmas in other countries, people exchange gifts during the Spring Festival. In rural areas and for older people the New Year gift giving tradition is still strong, but increasingly younger people prefer just to receive red envelopes (by hand or electronically).The most common New Year gifts are red envelopes. Red envelopes have money in, and are believed to bring good luck because they are red. They are given to children and retirees. Customarily only employers give red envelopes to working adults.