Happy Chinese New Year

One of the holiday’s my family celebrates is Chinese Hew Year . With fu family activities and good food. But what do you know about the holiday?

The holiday is also called “Spring Festival”.

It is a festival for 1/4 of the world’s population.

Though in winter, Chinese call their New Year holidays ‘Spring Festival‘ (春节 chūnjié /chwnn-jyeah/), because ‘Start of Spring’ (4–18 February) is the first of the terms in the traditional solar calendar.

While wintry weather prevails, ‘Start of Spring’ marks the end of the coldest part of winter when the Chinese traditionally could look forward to the beginning of spring.

Traditionally, this period was for praying to harvest gods.

The Chinese New Year date changes each year.

The date for Chinese New Year changes each year. It always falls between January 21 and February 20 and is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. In 2021, Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 12th.

Every Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year. @021 is the Ox.

 On Chinese New Year’s Eve, people eat auspicious foods.

Certain foods are eaten during the Chinese New Year period purely for their symbolic meaning.

This includes dumplings, eaten because they represent wealth. The more dumplings you can eat, the more money you will make in the new year.

Fish is eaten because the word for fish in Chinese, (鱼 Yú /yoo/) sounds like ‘surplus’

Oranges and tangerines play a large role in Chinese New Year festivities.

Some family fun: books, crafts and food…. Lisa

Check back tomorrow for some cute New Year crafts….. Lisa

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