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8 Facts You Need to Know About Chinese New Year

8 Facts You Need to Know About Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China and among Chinese communities all over the world. Like all the other festivals, Chinese New Year has its own specialties and traditions, also interesting phenomenon happening only during this festival. Goglo summarized 8 facts that you have to know about Chinese New Year.

1. Lunar Chinese New Year

 

Chinese New Yer
What differs “Chinese” New Year from the Western New Year is the calendar that Chinese people traditionally follow, the Lunar Calendar, which is normally approx. one month later than the commonly used Gregorian calendar, although different year the days may vary. In 2016, according to Lunar Calendar, the 1st day of this year falls on February 8th, 2016, Gregorian calendar, thus Feb 8th is the starting of Chinese New Year in 2016.

Unlike western New Year, Chinese New Year is not a festival for only one day or two, it lasts from New Year Eve till 15th of the month (Jan 15th Lunar Calendar is Lantern Festival, which is also the last day of Chinese Near Year/Spring Festival).

2. Chinese New Year Holiday

 

Chinese new year travel rush
Why every Chinese is excited about Chinese New Year should be partially thanks to the fact that the hardworking Chinese people could finally enjoy a “long” holiday, from 7 to 14 days. Officially it is only 7 days, but many companies, in particular in manufacturing industry, would normally give 14 days holiday.

As “family” is the core value of Chinese New Year, so with this long holiday, almost every Chinese will try to go back to their families (parents, married young couples would normally go to the husbands’ parents) to celebrate together. Thus, transportation peaks during this period, which is normally regarded as Chun Yun (Spring Festival Travel Rush). It is predicted that 3.6 billion people will travel across the country in 2016 during Chun Yun.

 

3. Monkey Year

 

Goglo Wishes You Happy Chinese New Year

 

According to Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, 2016 is the year of Monkey. Other Monkeys include: …1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004… Are you a Monkey?

Then please do remember to wear Red underwear and socks to avoid bad luck in the year!

4. Hong Bao – Red Envelope

 

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While Westerners are busy with preparing different Christmas gifts for families, Chinese are quite simple and more direct: they only need to prepare a dozens of Red Envelopes and a dozens of Chairman Mao (a note at the value of RMB100, around 14euros). It’s a custom to give red envelopes with money in to the seniors (retired) and kids. In the companies, it’s also common to give employees red envelopes before they head for their Chinese New Year holidays.

Nowadays, giving red envelopes is even more straightforward thanks to the internet technology. People could send families/friends/customers/subordinates electronic red envelopes by clicking several keys on the smartphones. Some Apps like Wechat, Alipay, are all embed with Red Envelopes function.

5. Must-eat Food

 

must eat food CNY
Fish is a must for Chinese New Year as the Chinese word for fish sounds like the word for surplus. Eating fish is believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck in the coming year.

Other Chinese New Year food varies in different regions; in North of China, people have to make dumplings together with the whole family and share the joy of making and eating; while in South of China, glutinous rice cakes are more popular as the Chinese name of this cake delivers the message “higher position in the new year”. On Lantern Festival, then “Tang Yuan”, a type of sweet rice balls are must-to-eat, which means “get-together”.

6. Corporate New Year Party

 

Corporate New Year Party

Most companies usually organize New Year Party for the employees before the New Year Holiday. For talented employees, it is a extravagant opportunity to be company celebrities, by giving performance shows on the stages during the parties. Some companies would even hire comedians or professional dancing groups to spice up the party.

Lucky Draw is an essential element for the New Year Party. Some companies would also announce some awards/prizes to certain contributors to the company in the past year during the party.

7. Boyfriend Wanted

 

Boyfriend wanted
It’s a tradition to introduce the boyfriends/girlfriends to the families during Chinese New Year, thus you could imagine how panic it is for the “old” singles, in particular the so called “leftover” ladies. Parents would be very anxious and pushy for the marriage of the young people who are above 28 and remain singles. Every member of the big families (aunties, uncles, cousins, grandpas, etc.) would ask you “where is your boyfriend/girlfriend”? Some could even get insulted or discriminated if they go back to their parents as an “old” singles.

One solution for this panic to many “leftover” ladies is to rent a boyfriend for Chinese New Year, which sounds very ridiculous. But imagine the panic of being “leftover” ladies, boyfriend rentals could avoid too many trouble and hassles.

 

8. Red Red Red

 

Chinese Red

 

Do wear Red clothes during Chinese New Year, as Chinese people believe red could deliver luck!

 

Last but not least, there are so many traditions in Chinese New Year, why do I only list 8 facts? Because we love the number “8”! it sounds like “fa”, which means fortune!

 

GoGloForChina Western Portrait in Chinese Opera Mask GogloForChina is a Holland-based and China-oriented online marketing agency, which dedicates its professional team from both Utrecht and Beijing in helping European companies to set up online presence in China. At Goglo, we offer one stop solution to present your products and services to over half billion Chinese internet users, and reach your goals of booming business in China.

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