Chinese New Year 2015

Chinese New Year, also known as Chinese Spring Festival, is the most important traditional festival in China. In a broad sense, it starts on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th day of the first lunar month in the following year. In the narrow sense, it begins on the first day of the first lunar month and ends on the 15th day of the first lunar month in Chinese calendar. In 2015, the dates of Chinese Spring Festival will be from Feb.18, 2015 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to Mar. 5, 2015 (Chinese Lantern Festival). This year's animal sign is Goat. 

Traditions of Chinese Spring Festival

Chinese Spring Festival is when all family members get together. There are many traditions for this important holiday, including having annual reunion dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve, posting new year's scrolls and Chinese New Year pictures, setting off firecrackers, wearing new clothes, giving lucky money to children, ringing the New Year bell, sending Chinese New Year greetings, dragon and lion dancing, and Yangko dances (traditional dance in northern China).

Lion Dance Competition in Chinese New Year

Chinese Spring Festival Activities

Family Reunion Dinner

Family Reunion Dinner is eaten on the New Year's Eve. It is very large and traditionally includes chicken and pork. Fish is also included, but intentionally not finished, and the remaining fish is stored overnight. The reason for this stems from a pun, as the Chinese phrase  "every year there is fish/leftover" is a homophone for phrases which mean "be blessed every year" or "have profit every year". Similarly, a type of black hair-like algae, "Fat Choy", is also featured in many dishes since its name sounds similar to "prosperity". And in northern China, dumplings are an essential food. After the New Year's Eve dinner, many people set off fireworks and firecrackers as well as other celebrations activities. 

Dragon and Lion Dancing

Dragon Dance and Lion Dance are traditional Chinese folk activities and folk dance forms. Dragon in Chinese culture is a symbol of fortune, nobility, bravery and, especially, power. And in China, people believe that the lion is an auspicious animal and that Lion Dance would bring them good luck. During the Spring Festival, people perform dragon dance to pray for the blessing of the dragon and a good harvest and lion dance will be performed accompanied with sounds of firecrackers and Gongs and drums for good luck. 

Visiting Relatives and Friends 

From the second day of the New Year, people began to visit relatives and friends. It will last to the 15th of first lunar month. People will bring gifts to visit their parents, relatives and friends. And then, they will sit together, discuss about their life and work, and have dinner. 

Temple Fair 

Temple Fair is one of the most important popular celebration activities in many parts of China during the Chinese Spring Festival. Traditionally, there are various kinds of performances in temple. Alsoļ¼Œthere are traditional arts and handicrafts as well as countless tasty local smacks from craftsmen and vendors along the streets. Most temple fairs are features by their dragon and lion dancing as well as folk performances. For foreign visitors, it is a rare opportunity to experience Chinese colorful culture and tradition.

Land Boat Dance

Best places to experience the Spring Festival in 2015

Harbin

Harbin is a wonderful Ice City you should go to travel during 2015 Spring Festival. It is the place in which the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (consists of the snow sculptures show in the Sun Island, ice activities on the Songhua River, Ice Lantern Show in the Zhaolin Park, and the Ice & Snow World in the west of the Sun Island)will hold around January 5th, 2015 to late February in 2015. At then, the skillful craftsmen from all over the world will build up a crystal and bizarre fairyland with local resources. The theme park will cover more than 400,000 square meters and its ice artworks and entertainments top the world. 

Beijing 

Beijing has its own traditions for celebrating the Spring Festival. There are temple fairs, skiing, prayer ceremonies, exhibitions and fun fairs at parks, etc. Here, people can experience the traditional customs, unique beauty and irresistible glamour of the ancient city. For foreign visitors, Beijing is a good choice to experience Chinese colorful culture and tradition. 

Langzhong

Langzhong is a city with profound history and culture, located in the northeast of Sichuan. Langzhong is the starting place of Chinese Spring Festival. It has colorful cultural tourism activities, and will make visitors feel the thick atmosphere of the Spring Festival. 

Pingyao

Pingyao is an ancient town in Shanxi province, where traditions of Spring Festival still remain relatively intact. Tourists can get an authentic taste of Chinese New Year through various traditional folk art performances (shehuo) like decorated archways and stages, lion dances, bola performances, walking on stilts and yangko folk dances.

Chinese Stilt-walking Dance Show


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