Chinese New Year(新年), also called Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year Festival, celebrates the commencement of the new year as per the traditional lunisolar - Chinese calendar.
Traditional Chinese new year (春節); simplified Chinese: 春节; (pinyin: Chūn Jié) as the spring season in the lunisolar calendar originally starts with lichun, the first of the twenty-four solar terms which the festival celebrates during the time of the Lunar New Year.
Traditionally, it was that time of calendar when the deities were honored, and now, it has also become an occasion to visit family members and feast!
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Year of The Tiger: 2022
The recent and upcoming Tiger years are 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, and 2022. If you were born in one of these tiger years, your Chinese zodiac sign is the Tiger symbolizing strength, bravery, and exorcising evils.
Every single day of the 16-day long festival has a name and an assigned meaning or importance. Below is a table of all important dates and their meanings. Not to forget that various regions and minorities may celebrate the days on different dates or have different names or practices for those certain days.
Solar Date (2022)
Purpose / Meaning
12th month, 23rd day
Preparation day, mainly for thorough house-cleaning, and cooking.
12th month, 30th day
New Year’s Eve
The most important celebration includes the family reunion dinner and staying up until midnight.
1st month, 1st day
New Year's Day
A day for visiting/greeting family and relatives, giving presents, and visiting ancestors' graves.
1st month, 2nd day
Married women visit their parents with their husbands and children.
1st month, 3rd day
Day of the Rat
An ominous day, common to stay at home and rest with family, play games.
1st month, 4th day
Day of the Sheep
An auspicious day, for prayer and giving offerings, or going to temples or fortune-tellers.
1st month, 5th day
Commonly accepted as the day when taboos (from previous days) can be broken.
1st month, 6th day
Day of the Horse
Believed to be the best day to get rid of old, unwanted things. Also, an acceptable day to resume labor.
1st month, 7th day
Day of Mankind
Believed to be the day people were created. Encouraged to spend out in nature.
1st month, 8th day
Day of the Grain
Good weather on this day will symbolize good crops for the year. Many families will have a second 'mini' reunion dinner.
1st month, 9th day
The 'Jade Emperor's birthday, giving offerings, lighting incense, and setting off firecrackers.
1st month, 10th day
The birthday of the 'god stone', similar to the previous day's rituals.
1st month, 11th day
Fathers are expected to 'entertain' or treat their sons-in-law on this day.
Feb. 12th – 14th
1st month, 12th – 14th day
Lantern Day Preparations
Preparations for the lantern festival: cooking, making lanterns, etc.
1st month, 15th day
Marks the end of the festival. Lanterns are lit and hung or flown, people watch dragon dances in the streets, and children answer lantern riddles.
Celebrations: Red color, NEW things (new clothes, new hairstyle, new nails), New Year decorations, New Year's Eve dinner, family meet up, firecrackers and fireworks, red envelopes with new cash inside, dragon dances.
对联 Spring couplets written by Qianlong Emperor of Qing dynasty
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