Traditional red lanterns hanging during the Chinese «Lunar» New Year.

Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year ∼ Spring Festival ∼ 春節 (Chūn Jié) (ZH) ∼ Tahun Baru Imlek (ID) ∼ Tết Nguyên Đán (VI) ∼ Wan Trut Chin (TH) ∼ Tahun Baru Cina (MS)

The culture of an old superstitious New Year celebration where over a billion people hope for good fortune

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The lu symbol, a stylisation of the lu character.

The Chinese New Year is a 15-day long celebration which is considered as the most significant among the festivals in Chinese culture. Its observance is determined by the Chinese lunisolar calendar, and for this reason, it is a movable celebration that falls between the 21st of January and the 20th of February on an annual basis. The festival has a history of 4000 years and includes narratives related to traditional, mythological, religious, as well as superstitious aspects embraced by Chinese society through the centuries.

A new start that promises to leave bad luck and unfortunate incidents behind

As it is the beginning of a new year, it signifies a new start that promises to leave bad luck and unfortunate incidents behind, while it involves a series of habits and taboos that are believed to be able to attract good fortune and prosperity. The distinctive rituals and customs that are followed during the festival offer an insight into the deep roots of Chinese folklore and tradition. Extensive decorations, performances, parades, and firework shows build up a joyful atmosphere that dominates the environment of small and bigger communities across the whole country.

Get a closer look into the deep roots of Chinese folklore and tradition

The Lunar New Year includes a 7-day official public holiday and it is generally a highly anticipated period among the Chinese population. Family gatherings, gift exchanging, festive food, and spectacular events are some of the main highlights that characterize the occasion. Being a visitor to a Chinese community during the New Year celebrations gives a great opportunity to get a closer look into the incremental elements of the Chinese culture and obtain a better understanding of this major civilization.

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