Hundreds of millions of people across China have been celebrating the arrival of the New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival – the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. People from all over the world travel to China to celebrate, and it’s considered the largest annual migration on a global scale. It’s celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, and is the longest festival of the year. It traditionally runs from Chinese New Year’s Eve on the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. The first day of the New Year falls between January 21 and February 20. In 2015 the New Year rang in on Feb. 19th,
The economic impact of the holiday is huge! To gain some perspective, in the U.S. approximately 46.3 million made trips made during the Thanksgiving holiday. In China, 2.8 billion trips were made over the Chinese New Year! The holiday retail / restaurant expenditure in the U.S. was approximately 50.9 billion, and was 100 billion in China. The TV viewership in the U.S. was 32 million, and in China it was 700 million.
The Chinese New Year celebration is centuries old and is very significant because of the tradition involved. It is celebrated in every country and territory with large Chinese populations, including Chinatowns in the U.S. Canada, and elsewhere. It’s the major holiday for China and all its geographic neighbors.
Regional customs for the celebration of the Chinese New Year vary. Usually, it’s a time for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also tradition for every family to thoroughly clean the house in order to sweep away ill-fortune and make way for good luck in the coming year. Homes are decorated in red with themes representing “wealth” and “longevity”. There are fireworks, dragons, lion dances, money given away in red envelopes and more!
2015 heralds the year of the Goat – sometimes referred to as a Ram or Sheep. It is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese regard the goat as an auspicious animal, and the “Year of the Goat” signals a year of promise and prosperity. People born in the year of the Goat are considered to be loving-peace, kind, and popular.
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