Every year, the Chinese culture celebrates the new year a little later than other cultures and countries; the Chinese New Year is usually celebrated sometime between January 21 and February 20. Traditionally, the celebrations marked the beginning of a new farming season, when most of China’s population was rural. Now that much of the country has become more urban, people celebrate the start of a new business year and pray for financial success and wealth. Each year is represented by a different animal. The Telegraph posted an article detailing the different animals, their years and characteristics. They also used Mandarin translation services to highlight appropriate Chinese New Year greetings.
Some common greetings are:
- New Year goodness!: 新年好 / 新年好 (sshin-nyen haoww)
- Happiness and prosperity!: 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (gong-sshee faa-tseye)
- A steady rise to high places!: 步步高升 / 步步高陞 (boo-boo gaoww-shnng)
Many people in the Chinese culture avoid certain taboos on the first day of the new year in hopes of securing health, wealth and good fortune in the new year. Some things people avoid are taking medicine, doing laundry and giving certain gifts like clocks, scissors and pears. The Telegraph article highlights a complete list of taboos and the explanation of what each omen means.
Where to Celebrate
Many cities across the U.S. and around the world celebrate the Chinese New Year with parades, programs and delicious food. American celebrations happen in almost every city to honor its Chinese citizens and celebrate China’s rich history. Disneyland hosts a special Chinese New Year event featuring Chinese acrobats, costumes, food and much more honoring the holiday. Chinatown in New York City has parades, firecrackers, food and souvenirs for residents and tourists to enjoy. San Francisco has been hosting an annual Chinese New Year parade since the 1860s, while Las Vegas hosts a multi-day festival with dragon dances, parades, shows and food. Dallas also offers several events around the city to celebrate the holiday.
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