Chinese Lunar New Year 2019: Know all about the festival and how was it celebrated this year

Chinese Lunar New Year will be celebrated for around two weeks. In China, it’s a week’s public holiday and people enjoy it to the fullest. Read to know about the significance and how is it celebrated this year.

 

Chinese New Year is set to take place this week, and while the date varies annually in accordance with the Chinese lunisolar calendar, this year it falls on February 5. All the people are out on the roads to celebrate the occasion. It will be celebrated for around two weeks. In China, they have public holidays for an entire week and people enjoy it to the fullest. The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in China and everyone gather to celebrate it. There are intimate dinners and get-togethers. This year, the streets are filled with beautiful lanterns and bright decorations to mark the holiday. More than 500 people take part in the Dragon Festival. 

There are New Year Flower markets. It’s all bright and colourful. It has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years. The date is determined by the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar and lands between mid-January to mid-February. Chinese New Year's day is the big celebration with firecrackers and tables filled with foods. It’s the Year of the Pig. The pig is believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and be hardworking. In different cities, people are celebrating differently. It also commences the Spring in the country. The Spring festival was originally a ceremonial day to pray to gods for a good planting and harvest season.

It’s also made to fight the monsters. Firecrackers are used to welcome the new year and good luck. In this period, throwing out the 

garbage isn’t allowed before the 5th. In this tradition, children receive money in red envelopes. People will eat dumplings every day for every meal. The New Year greeting in Chinese is “xin nian kuai le”. The phrase literally means “Happy New Year.” 

Happy New Year. 

 

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