Tomorrow marks the start of the Spring Festival 春节 Chūn Jié– which is the first day of the Lunar Year and ends 15 days later with the Lantern Festival. The country is celebrating with a week-long holiday and many people return to their home-towns to spend time with their families. Tonight marks the passing of the old year and the night resounds with the sights and sounds of fireworks all over the city.
This video gives some further insight to the some of the background to Chinese New Year and the traditional customs involved:
- All brooms, dustpans, and cleaning supplies are put away on the eve of the festival to keep the fortune of the New Year.
- Fireworks are set off to welcome the New Year.
- At the stroke of midnight, all doors and windows are opened to release the old year.
- All debts should be paid, and nothing lent out, or you shall lend all year.
- Foul language should not be spoken on the New Year.
- If you cry on the New Year’s day, you shall cry all year.
- People shouldn’t wash their hair on the New Year, or they will wash their luck away.
- Wear red, as red is considered a bright and happy color, ensuring a bright and happy year.
- Children & unmarried adults are given new, crisp dollar bills to bring them good luck in the New Year.