All Important Information Regarding Chinese New Year
Do you know something about Chinese New Year? Or are you curious about knowing about one of the biggest firework festivals around the world? Chinese New Year that is also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is the most significant festival in China. During this festival, families get together are arranged to celebrate this event as there is an official one-week public holiday.
Why it is known as Spring Festival
Although there is winter in most parts of China, still the Chinese New Year is known as the Spring Festival because it starts at the beginning of the spring season. It also indicates ending the winter season. The Chinese New Year 2020 will also symbolize the start of a new lunar calendar and signifies the aspiration for a new life.
If you know Chinese tradition, then you may also know that each Chinese year is based on one among the twelve animals that represent Chinese zodiac, i.e., is Ox, Rabbit, Rat, Tiger, Snake, Goat, Dragon, Horse, Pig, Rooster, Monkey and Dog. Each year is named after any of these animals, as mentioned above. So every Chinese New Year is dedicated to these animals once in every 12 years. The year 2018 was appointed as the year of the dog. In 2019 it was the year of the pig, and Chinese New Year 2020 will be a year of Rat.
Chinese New Year Background
If you wanted to know the Chinese New Year background, then you need to read historical books. According to some available documents, when an ancient China’s mythological emperor Shun came to power around 4000 years ago, he directed his ministers to worship earth and heaven. From that time, this day is known as the first day of the first lunar month as per the Chinese calendar. So this is how Chinese New Year begins. Before 1911, the Chinese were following the same schedule before adopting the Gregorian calendar in 1911. It is where they rename the Chinese New Year to Spring Festival.
Chinese New Year Date
Now you may be thinking of when is Chinese New Year 2020? One thing that you need to know is that the Chinese New Year date will be determined by the lunar calendar. The New Year holidays will occur on the second new moon after December 21. It makes the Chinese New Year fall on different dates between January 21 and February 20. 2020 Chinese New Year will fall on January 25, 2020. This New Year will be known as the year of Rat, and the Chinese public holidays will start from January 24, 2020, and will go on to January 30, 2020.
How you Will Celebrate New Year
It is a big event, and everyone wanted to enjoy it to the fullest. They don’t want to leave any stone unturned to make the best out of the Spring Festival. Even before the actual festivities begin, you will see that people start cleaning their homes so that they can celebrate the festivities to the maximum and have nothing to do except enjoying celebrations on the big day. It is also said that if you clean your home on Chinese New Year, then you are sweeping out the good luck from your door. So no one wanted to pick up a broom on that day. The good thing is that during the festivities of 2020, Chinese New Year businesses and schools are closed for some days so that you can happily celebrate with your family and friends.
Many traditional things are done at the start of the Spring Festival. Like you will see, people enjoying delicious food, especially noodle soup, which is thought to be bringing luck for the coming year. You can also see different parades where people come in traditional dresses. Another thing that is happening a lot on Chinese New Year is fireworks. It is thought in China that the lights and noise will be handy to scare away the evil spirits for at least a few months. Another tradition that is still followed is to giving away red envelops with money inside to children. These celebrations will go on for two weeks and end with a lantern festival that marks the end of the celebration period for the New Year.
If you want to categorize the 2020 Chinese New Year Celebrations, then you can simply divide these into four parts.
- Decorating your Homes
- There is a family reunion dinner on New year’s Eve
- Fireworks and firecrackers
- Giving gifts and red envelops
These four main celebration activities will be discussed in detail below.
New Year Décor
You can see that every house, building, and street, where New Year celebrations are being arranged, will be decorated with a red color. It is vital for you to know that red is considered as primary festival color because of its promising appeal. You can see that red couplets will be pasted on doors, Red Chinese Lanterns will be hanging in streets, Banks and other public buildings are decorated with same red color New Year’s images to signify prosperity. You can see that Chinese New Year decoration by open offices will be done one month before, but usually, homes will be decorated on New Year’s Eve. As you know, that year 2020 will be a year a Rat, so you should select decoration related to Rats images. If you are selecting some gifts for children, even then, you should carefully check that there must be a rat painting on it.
Chinese New Year Eve
Lunar New Year is one of the best times for families to have to get together. Everyone tries to be with their families on this most important evening of the year. The dinner that is arranged on the New Year eve is known as “reunion dinner,” and it is also said to be the most crucial meal.
You may have seen or heard of people waiting at New York Times Square to experience ball dropping, same is the case with Chinese people who stay up late on New Year’s Eve so they can welcome the New Year. When the Chinese people are done with their reunion dinner, the families will sit together for watching the Spring Festival Gala, one of the most popular TV shows in China. Similarly, some people like to send red envelopes through WeChat or short messages to their loved ones and associates.
Fireworks and Firecrackers
It is one of the unique experiences for those who are visiting China on New Year’s Eve. You can see a lot of fireworks started from the very first minute of the Chinese New Year 2020. It is a long-standing tradition where Chinese people setoff a large number of firecrackers and fireworks to welcome New Year. You can find this firework at public places as well as on an individual’s basis. No matter you are in cities or rural areas, you will be surely able to see excellent firework. It is one of the indispensable activities on New Year Eve. It is also known to be the world’s biggest firework celebration at a single point in time anywhere in the world. From this, you can understand the magnitude of fireworks.
Red Envelops and New Year Gifts
As you have seen people exchanging gifts on Christmas, the same is the case with the Chinese Spring Festival. People living in rural areas and older ages still strongly believe in Traditional New Year gift-giving, but most of the young people are just looking for receiving red envelopes.
Red envelops are very popular for gift giving. These envelopes are having money in them and also believed lucky because of red color. Mostly these red envelops for the retirees and children.
Other than private celebrations for the Chinese New Year, there are certain general activities too. You can easily see many traditional performances like lion dances, dragon dances, or an emperor’s wedding. Other than this, you will also be able to purchase different Chinese conventional products for a discount. If you want to buy these, you need to go to temple fairs or city parks.
Chinese New Year Wishes
Like everyone, you also wanted to see your family and friend prosperous in the coming year and may also be looking for some Chinese New Year wishes that can not only convey your message but also make the recipient happy. There are many ways in which you can wish your friends and family members good luck at the start of the New Year. The following are some ideas that can be helpful for your Chinese New Year’s wishes.
“If some of your family members are doing some sort of business or looking to start some new project, then you can wish them prosperity for the coming year”
“You can also want safety and harmony to the family members and friends”
“Wishing merely Happy New Year can be used as a short and sweet right luck message”
“Your all wishes be fulfilled”
These are some simple ideas for New Year’s wishes on the Chinese New Year that can make your family feel delighted.
Chinese New Year 2020 greetings
You may also love to greet your family members on the Spring Festival Eve. For that, you need some latest greeting ideas that can not only make them happy but also make them know how much you care for them. To find some unique Chinese New Year 2020 greeting ideas, you need to search for different websites. There you can find a lot of varying greeting designs from which you can choose the best as per your choice. You can also download the greeting card from these websites to send it to your friends and family members. Some of the options are as follows:
“The best greeting for your family and friends is to wish them prosperity and health”
“You can want your family member’s wealth. The wealth that can satisfy their needs and bring happiness too”
“Wishing great fortune on Spring Festival is also a great idea”
Chinese New Year Quotes
As it is decided that the Chinese New Year will start from January 25, 2020, then you should start looking for Chinese New Year quotes that you can want to send to your friends and family members. The coming year will be the year of Rat, so you should try to find quotes that can relate to Rat in any way. It will not only give your friends a new thought, but they will also feel great. You can search for new quotes online. Some sites allow you to download a special quote card with little personalization as well. So you can take advantage of that and personalize your New Year quote card before printing and sending it to your family and friends. They will surely love a personalized quote card because you put your efforts to make it especially for them.
Chinese New Year wallpapers
With the start of the New Chinese Year, you may notice that there is a high demand for Chinese New Year wallpapers. You can visit different websites that have updated their pages related to New Year celebrations. As the coming Chinese New Year 2020 is the year of Rat, so they try to add Rat’s painting and images to make their wallpapers related to the following year. So when you start your search for finding new wallpapers, you need to make sure that you choose one that can go well with New Year zodiac. If you can find a beautiful combination of red color and Rat, then it will surely look beautiful. The color red is thought of as bringing luck to your coming year.
Chinese New Year is also celebrated in different countries where the Chinese are residing. So you can also see the same festivities and celebrations for Chinese New Year 2020 Malaysia, as you can see in China itself. They also arrange reunion dinner as well as play firecrackers to welcome Chinese New Year with the same zeal and zest.