Some celebrants also call it the Lunar New Year and Others Spring Festival, a period that signals the start of the lunisolar Chinese calendar; others know it as the Chinese New Year. For 15 days beginning January 25, 2020, this year, China will celebrate the Year of the metal rat, one of twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac table. Lunar New Year holds immense importance not only in China but countries like Singapore and the USA as well. Let us unveil some amazing yet intriguing facts about Lunar New Year in 2020.
- The date of the festival changes every year:
The reason behind the variable date is the lunar calendar which based on the phases of the moon. Usually, it occurs on a day from mid-January to mid-February. The Chinese New Year in 2020 is on January 25.
- Each Lunar New Year begins the zodiac year of the new animal:
In China, each lunar cycle has 60 and 12 years and is a small cycle. Each of the 12 years represents one of the animal symbols: rat, monkey, ox, tiger, sheep, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, rooster, dog, and pig. Chinese new 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat.
- Celebrations last 15 days until the Lantern Festival:
The rush hour for the entire ceremony is on New Year’s Eve and the first day of the Chinese New Year. Day 15 is known as the Lantern Festival and marks the end of the celebration.
- One in six people in the world celebrate it:
It is celebrated not only in its mainland China but also in Asian and American and European Countries. Some of the countries are Taiwan, U.S.A, Vietnam, India, Singapore, Hong Kong,
In recent years, celebrations in New York, London, Vancouver, Sydney, and other overseas cities have spread throughout Chinatown. The Chinese New Year has become one of the most famous festivals in the world.
- This is the most extended public holiday:
It is the most extended National Public Holiday. People take off for about 15 to 20 days. School children get a whole month of a break from school. There are many fun things people do to celebrate Chinese New Year. In China, all the store owners close their stores for the first five days of the Spring Festival, and some of the owners prefer to close their shops until the end of the festival. Although the official holiday only lasts about a week to ten days, most factories are not operational for a whole month. Meanwhile, some families travel together during the holidays.
- Reunion dinner is a ritual.
The New Year’s Eve Reunion Dinner is a feast to commemorate the past year. After the reunion dinner, the family sit around and watch the CCTV New Year party while chatting.
- There is the most considerable number of fireworks used on Earth every year.
Fireworks are an integral part of the Spring Festival celebration. All families celebrate the festival with fireworks. The biggest firework show is on New Year’s Eve.
These red packets may range from one yuan to several thousand yuan. Usually, during the New Year, adults, especially married couples, and seniors, give red rackets to young children. Again, the Chinese believe that the money in the red envelope will suppress the evil of the children, keep them healthy and make them live longer.