Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history.The Spring festival is the most important festival in China.
12 animal signs of Chinese zodiac.Time for Family Reunion,Being one of the traditional festivals, it is the time for the whole families to reunite together, which is similar with Christmas Day to the westerners.On New Year Eve,each family will gather together eating,talking and watching TV for almost the whole night.The children
are the happiest of all because they can get presents from
their parents or grand-parents.
The Longest Public Holiday The festival lasts for 15 days from the 1st to 15th day of the first lunar month, and in folklore it starts even earlier, from the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month. Most employees will have seven days off work, while students take one month absence from school.
Holiday Origins from Monster Nian Originating during the Shang Dynasty (17th - 11th century BC), the festival used to be observed to fight against the monster "Nian" who liked to eat children and livestock. The monster was afraid of red color and loud sound. Therefore, people decorated their houses in red and set off firecrackers to expel it.
Chinese New Year DatesBased on the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year has no exact date and it changes each year,It is on January 1st according to the Chinese lunar calendar. mostly falls on a day from January 21st to February 20th in Gregorian calendar. The lunar calendar also defines the 12-year repeating cycle of Chinese zodiac, and each year is named after an animal.