Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day is a significant celebration in China, happening on the first day of the traditional Chinese calendar, which usually falls between January 21 and February 20.
This year, it’s on February 10. Also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, it lasts for 15 days, with seven days being work-free.
The roots of this holiday date back to a time between 475 B.C. and 221 A.D., called the “Warring States period.” Many legends surround its origins, including one about a monster named ‘Nian’ that terrified villagers every new year.
The story goes that the monster was afraid of bright lights, loud noises, and the color red, which the villagers used to scare it away.
Traditionally, Chinese New Year was a time for honoring deities and ancestors. Today, people celebrate by thoroughly cleaning their homes to rid them of bad luck and welcome good fortune. Families come together to share special meals.
Red envelopes filled with money are given to young ones for good luck. The festivities culminate in the Lantern Festival, where glowing lanterns adorn temples and streets, accompanied by parades and dances.
This holiday is deeply ingrained in Chinese culture, fostering unity among families and communities. It’s a time for reflection, gratitude, and setting intentions for the year ahead.
With its rich history and vibrant traditions, Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day is a cherished and joyous occasion for millions around the world.