Just what is Chinese New Year? There's actually a lot more to it than lion dances and firecrackers, although these two pieces of tradition are integral and more visible, Chinese New Year to China is like Christmas to the West. In essence, Chinese New Year is spending time with family, gift giving and, the all important, food-fest.
When is Chinese New Year this year?
The upcoming Chinese New Year falls on February 8, 2016, when we'll be ringing in the Year of the Monkey.
Traditions & Events
Here's an index of links to articles about the traditions and events that surround Chinese New Year in China:
- Introduction to Chinese New Year
- New Year Activity Calendar
- Hong Bao (Red Envelopes) at Chinese New Year
- Fu Dao Le - A Tradition Explained
- Warding Off Unlucky Events with Red Underwear
- What's with the Tiger's Forehead?
- Gifts to Bring Your Chinese Hosts
- The Lantern Festival
- Lantern Festival Photo Gallery from Shanghai's festival.
Chinese people have been celebrating the "Spring Festival" for centuries. The festivities include a final celebration called the Lantern Festival. Read more below to understand the origin of these traditional celebrations.
Here is information on the Chinese Lunar Calendar as well as an index to the Chinese Zodiac Signs and their associated characteristics.
The Lunar Calendar & Chinese Zodiac
The Twelve Animal Signs
- Year of the Rat
- Year of the Ox
- Year of the Tiger
- Year of the Rabbit
- Year of the Dragon
- Year of the Snake
- Year of the Horse
- Year of the Sheep
- Year of the Monkey
- Year of the Rooster
- Year of the Dog
- Year of the Boar
Traveling During Chinese New Year
This is a big concern for visitors to China. Should I come to China during Chinese New Year? Will everything be closed? What's the weather like at that time of year. Here are a few articles that will help you understand what travel is like during the holiday season, ideas on places to go as well as what the weather is like throughout the country.
Chinese New Year Food
Here are some wonderful articles about what is traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year from our expert on Chinese cuisine:
- Symbolic Chinese Food and Recipes
- Chinese New Year Menus
- Chinese New Year Recipes
Chinese New Year Around the Globe
The Chinese diaspora has brought Chinese people to settle throughout the world. Even if you aren't going to be anywhere near the country, you can likely take part in Chinese New Year festivities closer to home. See below to find out what's happening in your part of the globe.
- Chinese New Year in Brazil
- Chinese New Year in Canada
- Chinese New Year in Dublin
- Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
- Chinese New Year in London
- Chinese New Year in Los Angeles
- Chinese New Year in Montreal
- Chinese New Year in New York City
- Chinese New Year in Paris
- Chinese New Year in Penang
- Chinese New Year in Scandinavia
- Chinese New Year in Singapore
- Chinese New Year in Southeast Asia
- Chinese New Year in Sydney
- Chinese New Year in the UK
- Chinese New Year in Vietnam (technically, this is not Chinese New Year but the Lunar New Year known as Tet)
- Chinese New Year in Washington DC
- Event Round Up (Travel With Kids)