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Chinese New Year - 8 Quick Facts

Number 8: When

Chinese New Year aka the Spring Festival

is based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar,

a calendar based on the moon's phases

and the solar year's time.

This means that there is no set exact date for the start of the new year,

with it usually starting in mid-to-late January.

For 2020, the festival will be between

January 25th through February 8th.

Number 7: What People Do

Leading up to the celebration,

people give their homes a good cleaning

and decorate their homes with red.

Cleaning DURING the holiday, is seen as

sweeping away good luck,

so it must be done beforehand

or else.

As China's most important holiday,

people visit their families for holiday reunions,

watch new year events,

launch fireworks,

and much more.

Traditional gifts include red envelopes filled with that

sweet, sweet cash.


The amount to give depends on who its for.

For some, there are religious ceremonies in honor of

family ancestors, heaven, earth,

and other gods of worship.

It's like Thankgiving, Christmas, your New Year, and

4th of July all rolled into the ultimate holiday.

Number 6: Time Off

As people need extra time for those family reunions,

professionals in China usually get 7 days off

as Chinese New Year is a public holiday,

with most stores and restaurants also closing shop.

This time off is also for foreigners working in China.

So if you want to work with sweet time off like that, can help you find the right job and

and get going to China.

Number 5: Spring Migration

The most important part of Chinese New Year

is the family reunion.

With many young Chinese people living in cities

and their elderly relatives living out in the countryside,

the mass of people returning to their hometowns

is the largest human migration in the world.

It even has a name: Chūnyùn,

meaning the spring migration.

For 2020, 3 billion trips are projected to be made,

with 2.43 billion trips taking vehicles,

440 million trips taking trains,

79 million flying,

and 45 million trips traveling by sea.

Needless to say,

booking ahead is probably a good idea.

Number 4: Zodiac Animals

Similar to western horoscopes having 12 zodiacs,

there are also 12 Chinese zodiacs.

However, they are animals representing an entire year,

rather than just a month.

2020 is the Year of the Rat,

the first animal in the zodiac lineup.

If you were born on a rat year,

that means you are awesome with finances.


The animals of the Chinese zodiac can decide the path of one's

work, health, and love life.

Number 3: Meeting the Family

Speaking of love lives, young people in China face

huge family pressure to be on the road to marriage

when they return home.

as having children and passing down that family name

is important to traditional families.

To avoid the hassle of pressing questions,

it has become popular for young people

to hire a fake girlfriend or a fake boyfriend

to meet the folks during this time.

And 'tis the season for prices for these services

to go skyrocketing up.

I'd reckon it's definitely not a permanent solution

but should keep tensions low during the holidays.

Number 2: Eating

Eating is a huge part of Chinese New Year.

If your plate becomes empty,

it can be seen as your luck running out.

So it's a good idea to loosen that belt.

While there are many traditional food during this time,

Dumplings are one of the main attractions.

Number 1: Chinese New Year Myths

There are many myths

behind Chinese New Year traditions.

One myth that explains fireworks and red decorations

is about an ancient man-eating monster called Nián.

It would attack villages once a year

and eat animals and people.

That all changed, when one year,

a clever beggar arrived in town

as people were preparing to

hideaway from the incoming monster attack.

Only a kind, old woman took the beggar in

and he promised to take care of the monster

once and for all.

He set forth to cover her home with red paper.

Luckily, when the monster noticed

this decorated home,

he became frightened of the red color

and moved closer to investigate.

Suddenly, fireworks exploded from the house,

Basically giving the monster a terrified heart attack.

The beggar burst into view, dressed in red and

roaring with laughter.

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

The monster took off in fearful defeat.

Word soon spread on how to fend off the monster

and is now the reason why

fireworks are now set off

to ring in the new year.

There are way more Chinese New Year facts

beyond our lucky 8 list.

If you have any to add, leave them in the comments below

and don't forget to like, share, and subscribe.

And have yourself getting to China

to celebrate Chinese New Year

and starting a new life adventure by visiting

Happy 2020!

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