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Ring in the Chinese New Year with vibrant festivals, delicious food and a wealth of traditions. Welcome prosperity and luck in the Year of the...!
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Get ready to embrace the Year of the... on Chinese New Year, which takes place on a jubilant February 10! Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important traditional holiday in China. With a history spanning over 3,000 years, the day celebrates the turn of the Lunar calendar. This holiday is not only rich in traditions such as family reunion feasts, dragon dances, and vibrant lantern festivals, but also, it's a time for inviting good luck for the coming year. So join the celebrations and welcome prosperity and luck in the exciting upcoming year! It's more than just a celebration - it's an auspicious occasion enveloped in colorful traditions and immense joy. Get ready to ring in the Chinese New Year with fervor and fanfare!

History of Chinese New Year

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>14th Century BCE</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origins of Chinese New Year</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Shang Dynasty marks the earliest recorded celebrations of what would become Chinese New Year, tied to the agrarian lunar calendar.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>206 BCE</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Han Dynasty Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Han Dynasty formalizes the lunar calendar and the related festivities, setting the foundations for modern Chinese New Year celebrations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>618 CE</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tang Dynasty Festivities</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Golden Age of China under the Tang Dynasty witnesses grandeur Chinese New Year celebrations involving music, dances, and feats of entertainment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1368</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ming Dynasty Traditions</div><div class='timeline-text'>The use of fireworks and firecrackers to scare away evil spirits becomes a significant tradition during the Ming Dynasty's Chinese New Year celebrations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1912</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Shift to Gregorian Calendar</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Republic of China officially adopts the Gregorian calendar, but the lunar calendar continues to be used to celebrate Chinese New Year.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Beijing Olympics and Global Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Chinese New Year gains global recognition, partly due to the Beijing Olympics' global outreach, further spreading the rich traditions associated with this holiday.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a traditional food feast</h3><p class='facts-text'>Chinese New Year is known for its feasts, so why not host one of your own? Invite family and friends over and cook some traditional dishes, such as dumplings, long noodles for longevity and a whole fish for abundance.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Decorate your home</h3><p class='facts-text'>Red is the lucky color of Chinese New Year. Deck out your place with red lanterns, paper cutouts, and banners with auspicious sayings. You can also include traditionally lucky elements like koi fish and dragons in your décor.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Participate in a dragon or lion dance</h3><p class='facts-text'>These dances are essential to Chinese New Year celebrations as they are believed to dispel bad spirits. Join in or watch a local dance troupe perform at your local temple or Chinese cultural center.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Make homemade red envelopes</h3><p class='facts-text'>Traditionally, red envelopes filled with money are given to children by their elders for Chinese New Year. Improvise by making your own red envelopes and filling them with sweet treats or small tokens.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Research your zodiac sign</h3><p class='facts-text'>In Chinese culture, each year is associated with one of twelve zodiac animals. Find out which animal represents the year you were born and research its characteristics and significance to better understand Chinese astrology.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Chinese New Year

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Rich and Colorful Traditions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Chinese New Year is not just a holiday, it's a cultural phenomenon carrying a history of extensive traditions and customs. From preparing a feast with symbolic dishes to decorating our homes with red lanterns and auspicious sayings, every ritual serves as a connection to our rich heritage and ancestors. Moreover, those traditions are not just limited to China, but observed by Chinese communities around the world, making it a truly global festival.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>A Time for Family and Fellowship</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Chinese New Year is a time for families to come together. It's an opportunity to share special moments, exchange red envelopes and appreciate the company of our loved ones. This element of unity and camaraderie is what makes the holiday so beloved.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>A Celebration of New Beginnings</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Like many New Year festivities, Chinese New Year symbolizes a fresh start. It's an occasion to welcome good fortune and prosperity, to let go of past regrets and to make way for new resolutions. More than just a day of celebration, Chinese New Year invites us to intentionally set the tone for the coming lunar year.</p></div></div>

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