Chinese New Year in a Nutshell
Hmmm that would probably work better if it said dumpling… oh well 😉
Chinese New Year Explained
The Chinese New Year begins on the 23rd day of the 12th month of the Chinese lunar calendar.
Chinese New Year which is also sometimes called Spring Festival, is the grandest and the most important annual event of the year for Chinese people and in China it is still the longest Public holiday.
In many ways, it is the equivalent of Christmas in the West, as it is the primary time for family reunions, gift giving and celebration. Traditionally there is a schedule of activities that each family follows prior and during the spring festival.
2018 Is a Year of the (Earth)Dog
The Chinese calendar is devided into a cycle of 12 years wih each year being named after a different animal with traits from the five elements.
Dog years are 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and the next one is in 2030.
Dog is the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac between Rooster and Pig.
Chinese New year isn’t a single night like New years eve in the west. It is a festival that lasts for a fortnight (15 days ) to be precise ) with those celebrating taking time off work to attend or host parades, parties and feasts.
In the West, the festival tends to be a bit shorter with celebrations confined to the day of the new year and typically the closest weekend. That’s Friday 16th- Sunday 18th of February this year. In the west, the festival is associated with Fun, feasting, dumplings and dragon dances.
Why does Chinese New Year keep changing dates?
The Chinese Year is a Lunar year, not a solar one, that’s why it’s different from the conventional western New Year and also why it falls at a slightly different time each year. From a typical western gregorian perspective the festival has no exact date and it changes each year, but it mostly falls on a day from January 21st to February 20th.
How long is the festival? In the modern era, The festival lasts for 15 days from Chinese New Years Eve to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. Traditionally though it starts on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month.
Visit the Embroidery Girl page on The Chinese astrology Animals to learn More about the year of the Dog and the rest of the Chinese Zodiac.