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Chinese New Year. 新年. 春節. Historical Background By Christopher Lin. Background Information. Centuries old event. Most Significant holiday. Largest human migration. A 15 day long celebration starting from 1/1 (Sunday) of the Lunar Calendar ( 農曆新年 ).

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Chinese New Year

新年

春節

Historical Background

By Christopher Lin


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Background Information

  • Centuries old event.

  • Most Significant holiday.

  • Largest human migration.

  • A 15 day long celebration starting from 1/1 (Sunday) of the Lunar Calendar (農曆新年).

  • Ends on the 15th day, known as the Lantern Festival (元宵節)


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十二生肖

The Zodiac

  • Similar to the Western Zodiac of the 12 astrological signs.

  • 12 Zodiac animals:Mouse, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Boar.

  • Coming year:Boar豬(Joo or “D”)

鼠 牛 虎 兔 龍 蛇

馬 羊 猴 雞 狗 豬


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Public Holidays

  • 7 days in China

  • 5 days in Taiwan

  • 3 days in Hong Kong and Macau

  • 2 days in Malaysia and Singapore


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Purpose

  • A time of reunion with family.

  • Reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve

    (除夕 Chu shi) This Saturday

  • Red envelopes (紅包“Hong bao”or “Ang Pao”) containing money (壓歲錢 Ya shui chian)


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Superstitions andBeliefs

  • Stay up all night on New Year’s Eve.

    It is considered very unlucky to:

  • Sweep the floor on the 1st five days of New Year

  • Talk of the deceased

  • Getting a hair cut 剪髮vs 剪發(to cut your fortune)

  • Buying books 書vs 輸(to lose)

  • Break dishes碎vs歲(歲歲平安sui sui ping an)


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The Story of Nien

  • A ferocious beast called Nien

  • Comes out from the sea every year to eat people

  • The people drove Nien away with Red, Fire and Noises.

  • Greeting: Congratulations恭喜(Gong-shi),

    過年(Guo-Nien )









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Happy New Year

新年快樂