Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important traditional festival in China. It is a time for annual family reunion, which is as important as Christmas Day in western countries.
✓ 2017 festival dates
Chinese New Year 2017 is on Saturday January 28.
✓ Longest public holiday in China
In 2017, China's Spring Festival public holiday is from January 27 to February 2. Cantonk will have Chinese Traditional Spring Festival Holiday from 23th Jan - 5th Feb, 2017. Company will be closed during the holiday. And we will come back to work on 6th Feb, 2017.
✓ Why Do People Celebrate Chinese New Year?
Family and friends are the reason why Chinese New Year is not only significant for the Chinese community, but also for anyone lucky enough to experience the festivities from the outside.
✓ How Do the Chinese Celebrate the Festival?
1. Reunion Dinner
The New Year's Eve dinner is the most important dinner for the Chinese. Big families of several generations sit around round tables and enjoy the food and time together.
After the cleaning, people will decorate the house to welcome the New Year. Most of the decorations are red in color. The most popular New Year decorations are upside down fu, dui lian, lanterns, year paint, papercutting, door gods, etc.
Fireworks are used to drive away the evil in China. Right after 12:00PM on New Year's Eve, fireworks will be launched to celebrate the coming of the New Year as well as to drive away the evil. It is believed that the person who launched the first firework of the New Year will obtain good luck.
4. Red envelopes
The Red packet is a red envelope with money in it. Usually the red racket is given by adults, especially married couples, and elderly to young children. It was believed that the money in the red packet will suppress the evil from the children, keep them healthy, and give them a long life.
Exchanging App Red Envelopes — Top Thing for the Young in Recent Years
App-sent/received "red envelopes" appeared in recent years, and they soon become the most popular New Year activity among the young. Many young people spend most of their New Year holiday time exchanging cyber money via red envelope apps for fun.
May the New Year bring many good things and rich blessings to you and all those you love!
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