Sun 10 Feb 2013 (Sat 9 Feb 2013 11:00 America/Kentucky/Monticello)

Chinese New Year - Spring Festival

  • By Bas Nieuwenhuizen and 1 other
  • Last Update: 5 years ago
  • People's Republic of China

Chinese New Year or the Chinese Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Despite its winter occurrence it is known as "Spring Festival", owing to the difference between Western and traditional Chinese methods for computing the seasons.

The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival, which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year's Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as "Eve of the Passing Year."

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most.

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