When is Chinese New Year 2021?
The Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of the new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. This festival is commonly known as the Spring Festival in mainland China. The first day of the Lantern Festival held on the 15th day of the year, is traditionally celebrated from the evening. The first day of the Chinese New Year starts on the new moon and, based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, usually appears between 21 January and 20 February.
Is the Chinese new year is a federal holiday?
The Chinese New Year is not a national public holiday in the United States. However, some Chinese businesses may remain closes on the day or may change their business hours to participate in the Chinese New Year celebration. There may be heavy traffic on roads, or some routes may close in towns or cities, due to the festival of the Chinese New Year.
How do people celebrate the Chinese new year?
Many individuals and communities in the United States, especially the Chinese community, participate celebrations, which can last for days. The Chinese New Year is celebrating in the United States from the past many years, including activities and events:
- Chinese New Year parades featuring colorful costumes, floats, firecrackers, and other attractions
- Various dances, including lion and dragon dances
- Balls and pageants
- Chinatown fun runs or walks
- Street fairs
- Firework displays
Some organizations may organize exclusive contests or announce to coincide with the Chinese New Year. For instance, On the occasion of Chinese New Year, some newspapers or magazines may publish the best 10 Chinese restaurants in a city or town. It is common for many Chinese-American families to spend time together and exchange gifts, including money covered in red and gold packages that usually given to children.
Traditions of Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year connected to many myths and customs. This festival is traditionally a time to honor the gods as well as ancestors. It is also traditional for every family to clean their house thoroughly, remove any misfortune, and make way for good luck to come. Another tradition is decorating the doors and windows with red paper-cut and couplets. Popular themes for these couplets and paper-cuts are good luck or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Dumplings are prominently featured in the food to celebrate the festival. It usually serves as the first meal of the year, either at night or in the morning as a breakfast on the first day.
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