Chinese New Year timeline
- January 25 2020
Year of the Rat
This Chinese New Year will welcome the Year of the Rat, associated this year with the element metal.
Chinese New Year celebrations were banned in an attempt to westernize Chinese culture.
The Kuomintang Party
Wanting China to celebrate New Year the same day as other cultures, the Kuomintang Party attempted to move Chinese New Year to January 1.
- 1766 BCE - 1122 BCE
The Shang Dynasty
Though it's not completely clear when exactly Chinese New Year celebrations began, it is said to have originated from the year end religious ceremony observed during the Shang Dynasty.
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Remember your ancestors
Amid all the celebrations, it's easy to forget that Chinese New Year is really a holiday for the whole family — children and elders alike. Take a moment to appreciate those you love most.
Eat and be merry
First, consider all the dim sum delights that await for Chinese New Year. Then, remember to enjoy the fireworks, parades, and general merriment. Chinese New Year focuses on creating good luck for the year to come. Take time to enjoy yourself and others around you.
Share the traditional red envelopes
The red symbolizes good luck. The monetary gifts are meant to bring the recipient good fortune. Just make sure to gift cash in even numbers and do not have the number four in the amount.
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It's red for a reason
Red is an auspicious color for the Chinese New Year, denoting prosperity and energy — which ward off evil spirits and negativity. Red lanterns, envelopes, and firecrackers make everything festive during the winter months.
New Year's (Eve) feasting
What is a celebration without feasting with friends and family? Chinese New Year's Eve dinner is one of the most important occasions of the year — celebrated with long noodles, trays of food (naturally), and sweet, plump oranges to spread the wealth.
Good luck is at its peak in the New Year. You don't want to sweep it away, do you? Take a breather from vacuuming and mopping, and go get your dumpling on! (If you must clean, make sure it's taken care of beforehand.)