Chinese New Year

31 Mar: The Chinese Calendar

The Chinese calendar is not exclusive to China, but followed by many other Asian cultures. It is often referred to as the Chinese calendar because it was first perfected by the Chinese around 500 B.C.. In most of East Asia today, the Gregorian calendar is used for day to day activities,

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31 Mar: History & Origin of Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival

According to the Chinese traditional way of numbering the years, a whole year could be divided into four seasons. The eleventh and twelfth lunar month was called “Dong Yue” and “La Yue” which are the coldest time of a year. While the first month of the Lunar New Year, known as “Zheng Yue”, means the coming of spring, which is regarded as the head of seasons.

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31 Mar: How Chinese people spend Chinese New Year’s Eve

The last night of the last lunar month is New Year’s Eve. It is time to bid a farewell to the past year as it is followed behind by New Year’s Day or the Spring Festival (The first day in the first month of the lunar year). New Year’s Eve falls on 29th or 30th due to a fact that there are 29 or 30 days in the last lunar month. But whether on 29th or on 30th, the day is generally entitled as “the Eve”.