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Chinese New Year falls in January or February, depending on the lunar calendar, and is a great time for fun and festivities worldwide.
The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar. Each year is named after one of the 12 symbolic animals in sequence. 2013 is the year of the Snake. The Chinese will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Sunday, February 10, 2013.
What is Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)
Spring Festival, the new year of Chinese traditional calendar, is one
of major traditional national holidays in China. In ancient times, people
called the Spring Festival as New Year. The reason for why ancients
arranged the beginning of the year in cold days was that people had few
work to do instead of harvesting in autumn, collecting in winter and
ploughing in spring, weeding in summer. Farmers made full use of such a
slack season to celebrate joyfully.
In order to rejoice at the New Year,
people wished others a happy new year and blessed heartily. Some stick
calligraphies full of joy on doors, most of them were antithetical couplet,
phrase, individual character, such as: blessing, longevity, luckiness,
propitious New Year and so on. Whereas, some people pasted
paper-cuts for window decorations to do away with the old and set up
the new, the patterns of paper-cuts mainly consisted of figure, flower,
character, any of the twelve animals representing the twelve Earthly
Branches, and other animals.
It was in recent times that people called the
New Year as the Spring Festival. Although China had conducted
legislative reform for several times, Chinese traditional calendar was still
applied, only after the Revolution of 1911, the Gregorian calendar had
begun to be applied. For distinguishing two new years in Gregorian
calendar and Chinese traditional calendar, additionally, the new year in
Chinese traditional calendar is around the Beginning of Spring, so people
termed the new year in Chinese traditional calendar as the Spring
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