The Chinese New Year is not a fixed day
You may not know, but Chinese New Year is not a fixed day of the Gregorian calendar, like January 1. It is the January 1st of the lunar calendar. So usually the Chinese New Year will happen after New Year’s Day. The Chinese New Year of 2019 will be the February 5th of the Gregorian calendar.
It’s not just China that has celebrated the Spring Festival
It’s not just China that has celebrated the Spring Festival. Koreans have always had the custom of welcoming the New Year’s Day on the first day of the lunar calendar. Vietnam celebrates the Spring Festival. The Spring Festival is a national holiday. The Singapore Spring Festival is a national two-day holiday. The Spring Festival is also a statutory holiday in Malaysia. Before the Meiji Restoration, the Japanese New Year was also on the first day of the lunar calendar. In the European and American regions, the Chinese brought the Spring Festival to the local area. In 2003, New York City designated the Spring Festival as a public holiday for the public, and arranged the time and place for the Chinese to set off firecrackers. The Canadian Spring Festival is also increasingly becoming a major local festival.
The “Year” is a beast
According to one ancient Chinese legend, the “Year” is a beast. it is called Nian (年) . It would come about every New Year’s Eve. However, People know the weakness of the “year beast”, fear of sound, fear of red, fear of fire, and no neat environment.
So at the end of every year, people cleaned up at the door, put red couplets and door gods at the gate, hang lanterns, burn firewood, chop up meat, make a sound, and set off firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. They scared away The Year of the Beast so it no longer harmed people. The next day, people were fortunate to defeat the “year beast”, so they played the drums and yelled “congratulations”, which is the origin of “New Year”.
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