Chinese New Year is celebrated by over 20% of the world. It’s the most essential occasion in China and to Chinese individuals everywhere. Here are 21 fascinating certainties that you likely didn’t think about Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year is otherwise called the Spring Festival:
In China, you’ll hear it being called chunjie (or the Spring Festival. It’s still stormy, yet the occasion denotes the finish of the coldest days. Individuals welcome spring and what it brings along: planting and gathers, new beginnings and new beginnings.
You can likewise consider it the Lunar New Year, since nations, for example, North and South Korea and Vietnam celebrate it also. What’s more, in light of the fact that the Spring Festival goes as indicated by the lunar logbook? Which implies . . .?
There’s no set date for Chinese New Year:
As indicated by the lunar logbook, the Spring Festival is on January first and keeps going until the fifteenth (the full moon). Not at all like western occasions, for example, is Thanksgiving or Christmas, when you endeavor to compute it with the sunlight based (Gregorian) schedule, the date everywhere.
Chinese New Year ranges from January 21 to February 20. In 2019, it happens on February fifth. For a full rundown of dates and occasions look at our Chinese New Year logbook.
The lunar timetable is still extremely vital in China, despite the fact that it has authoritatively moved to the Gregorian schedule like whatever remains of the world. All customary occasions and days, for example, the Winter Solstice is celebrated. A few people still compute their birthday celebrations and ages as indicated by the lunar logbook as well!
It is multi day for petitioning divine beings:
The Spring Festival was initially a stylized day to appeal to divine beings for a decent planting and collect season. As an agrarian culture, the gather was everything. Individuals likewise implored their predecessors, as they were treated as divine beings (see Mulan for reference).
Also, warding off beasts:
Be that as it may, the fantasies are substantially more intriguing. As indicated by one legend, there was a beast named Nian. It would come about each New Year’s Eve. A great many people would cover up in their homes. In any case, one kid was bold enough to ward him off utilizing sparklers. The following day, individuals celebrated their survival by setting off considerably more fireworks. What’s more, that training turned into a critical piece of the Spring Festival.
The most firecrackers are set off on the planet that night:
As in the fantasy about Nian, sparklers should drive away beasts and misfortune. So individuals remain up on Chinese New Year’s Eve and set off fireworks at midnight. Toward the beginning of the day, sparklers are utilized again to respect the New Year and good fortunes.
That equivalent night, families likewise consume counterfeit paper cash and printed gold bars to pay tribute to their perished friends and family. Like the Korean Crusoe occasion or the Mexican Day of the Dead conventions, they trust the contributions will convey fortune and good fortunes to their predecessors in the great beyond.
However, some of the time it’s illicit:
Because of wellbeing reasons and worries for air contamination, numerous Chinese urban areas have prohibited firecrackers. In excess of 500 urban communities have confinements as well.
Be that as it may… numerous individuals couldn’t care less and they do it in any case. Beijing had prohibited firecrackers for 13 years. The boycott was lifted in 2006 as a result of the irate open.
In case you’re in China amid this time, you’ll likely have the capacity to hear and see the blasts for no less than 3 evenings (and it can continue for a considerable length of time).