When to celebrate Chinese New Year: date and traditions
New Year's Eve or Chunjie is one of the most important holidays that the Chinese look forward to spending time with their families. The date of the celebration changes every year and falls on the period from January 21 to February 21.
OBOZ.UA took a closer look at this issue and found out what traditions are observed on this day. Chinese New Year begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice, and the celebrations last up to 15 days.
The date is calculated according to the lunar calendar, so it is different every year. In 2024, the country's residents will celebrate the holiday on February 10 , and it will be the 4721st year for them.
On New Year's Eve, the Chinese gather with their families at the festive table. The hostesses prepare the family's favorite dishes, but there must also be jiaozi (dumplings), which are a symbol of one of the most important New Year's wishes - the birth of sons.
Houses are decorated with red decor ations, the main color of the holiday. It is believed that it brings good luck and drives away evil spirits.
After dinner, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits and bring happiness to the house. The next day, the children greet their parents and receive red envelopes with money - hongbao. After that, the family goes to greet all the relatives.
It is customary to give gifts of paired items, which are a symbol of family harmony and unity. Two tangerines are a symbol of financial well-being, so they are always brought to the house and then received as a gift.
Year of the Green Wooden Dragon
Each year in China has a combination of elements and patron saint that repeats every 60 years. It is one of the 12 zodiac animals of a certain color and one of the five elements: wood, fire, metal, earth, and water. According to the eastern calendar, 2024 is the year of the Green Wooden Dragon, which symbolizes wisdom, prosperity, harmony and balance.