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—
As China's most important holiday,
people visit their families for holiday reunions,
watch new year events,
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,
careerchina.com 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.
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