Normally, we all have the same day of New Year, which is the 1st of January, but Chinese people have a different one. I mean, isn’t it interesting when one culture has a different way or type of celebration while most people all around the world have the same New Year?
Chinese New Year in 2018 will be February 16th. Sometimes it can be different, but their New Year is normally between January 21st and February 20th. It may be confusing, but the exact date of Chinese New Year changes every year because, the festival is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. The day of the New Year starts on the first full moon between those dates, which is also known as the Lantern Festival Day and lasts for 15 days.
Another interesting tradition is the giving of red envelopes and oranges. Chinese people love the color red because red represents happiness, energy, luck and good wishes. So, when they give the red envelopes, it’s like they are wishing people what the red represents. One other important thing is, they put money inside the red envelope. The money is not the most important part of the gift, but the real deal is the red envelope because that is what represents all the good wishes.
Also when it comes to food, oranges are probably the most common food in Chinese New Year. They also have ceremonies, dragon dancing, and even singing. – Isaac Mung