The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. This is a time for Chinese families to cleanse their house to sweep away ill fortune and make room for good luck, as well as welcome the coming warmer weather. You will see doors decorated with red colored paper cutouts with themes of “happiness” and “wealth.” Curious to learn more about the Chinese New Year? Read on!
When is it celebrated?
There is no set date for Chinese New Year, each year the festivities on a new date, with this year New Years’ Eve falls on February 11, 2021. Families get together for what is considered the most important dinner of the year. The children also receive their gift of the red envelope that contains money for the New Year.
Then on February 12th, it is Chinese New Year’s Day, which is celebrated with family visits and New Year celebrations. The fun festivities include dragon dances, setting off firecrackers, and worshipping ancestors.
Chinese New Year is a public holiday in China and other countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam. It typically lasts seven consecutive days from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the sixth day after Chinese New Year’s Day.
Good Harvest & Good Business
The Chinese traditionally celebrate the beginning of a new year of farm work and wish for a good harvest to come. China’s farming cycle is supposed to start soon after this, but it actually depends on the location – the ground doesn’t thaw in some places in China until March. However, traditions have changed a little. Today, people celebrate the start of a new business year and wish for profits and success.
The Year of the Ox
This Chinese New Year is the year of the Ox. Each year is different and related to an animal sign in the Chinese zodiac. The Ox is the second zodiac animal, with Rat being first. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be based on how the animals arrived to a party. The Ox was supposed to be first but Rat his way ahead of him. Learn more about the zodiac animals here.
Celebrate with WU
This year, you can help celebrate Chinese New Year’s with Western Union! Western Union is all about connecting families with their loved ones, especially during such wonderful holidays like Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year is certainly one of the most loving times of the year. We may not be able to visit and be as close with family this Chinese New Year but we still have plenty to celebrate.