Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year (新年xīn nián) is also known as the Spring Festival (春节chūn jié), has more than 4,000 years of history. Being one of the traditional Chinese festivals, it is the most important festival in China!
Chinese New Year Prelude
(December, 30th,2022 Friday)
腊八 là bā -Laba Festival
The eighth day of the 12th lunnar month
The Laba Festival is also regarded as a prelude to the Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year, as there are only three weeks left before its coming.
腊月 là yuè – La month
The 12th lunar month
腊八粥 là bā zhōu-Laba congee
The Laba congee is regardsed as a nutritious winter food because it contains amino acids, protein, vitamins and other nutrition people need.
腊八蒜 là bā suàn – Laba garlic
Chinese New Year Preparation
(January, 14th, Saturday)
小年 xiǎonián – Little New Year
the 23rd of the 12th lunar month(last Saturday)
祭灶 jì zào- Worship the Kitchen God
Special food for the Kitchen God.
A paper image is burnt dispatching the god’s spirit to Heaven to report on the family’s conduct over the past year.
打扫卫生 dǎsǎo wèishēng – Cleaning house
买年货 mǎi niánhuò – New Year Shopping
Chinese New Year’s Eve Activities
(January 21st, Saturday)
贴门神 tiē ménshén – Affixing Door God Images
贴春联 tiē chūnlián – Putting up spring couplets
团圆饭 tuán yuánfàn – New Year’s Eve Dinner
守岁 shǒu suì -Family members stay up late
春节联欢晚会 chūnjié liánhuān wǎnhuì
Watching CCTV’s New Year Gala
Chinese New Year’s Day
(January 22nd, Sunday)
大年初一 dà nián chū yī
The first day of the lunar New Year
放鞭炮 fàng biānpào – Setting off firecrackers
Goodbye old year, Welcome New year!
拜年 bài nián – Pay New Year’s greeting
压岁钱 yā suì qián – Lucky Money
(Giving Red Envelopes)
发祝福 fā zhùfú
Sending greetings through WeChat/phone
End of Chinese New Year’s celebrations
(February 5th, Sunday)
元宵节 Yuánxiāo – the Lantern Festival
吃元宵 chī yuán xiāo – eating rice dumplings
看花灯 kànhuādēnɡ -watching lanterns
The fifteenth day of the New Year is the Lantern Festival, making the end of the Chinese New Year 2023!
According to Chinese zodiac,2023 is the year of Rabbit. We wish you all a prosperous and healthy New Year of the Rabbit!