Five Interesting Things You Might Not Know About Chinese New Year

In just a few moments, many people from all over the globe will be celebrating Chinese New Year.  This has been an annual practice in accordance with the turning of another year based on Chinese Lunar Calendar.

With much anticipation for this event, it is only fitting that we learn the basic customs and beliefs associated with the Chinese New Year celebration.  Let these fun and witty trivia provide additional knowledge regarding this occasion.

Chinese New Year’s date is different every year.

Based on ancient lunar calendar, Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after winter solstice, which is between 21st of January to 19th of February.  And this year, Chinese New Year falls on the 19th of February, which will mark the start of the Year of the Green Sheep

Chinese New Year is represented by one of the twelve Zodiac animals each year.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, namely: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat/ sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.  Legend has it that these 12 animals were the ones who responded to Buddha’s call on the day of the Chinese New Year.  And as a sign of gratitude, Buddha named a year after these animals that shall represent that lunar year.

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Everyone ages by a year during the Chinese New Year.

Belief has it that Renri, the seventh day of the celebration of the Chinese New Year, is the day when all human beings were created.  And so during this day, everybody ages a year older.  This is a belief celebrated not only in China but also in regions which has Chinese influence.

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Spring cleaning should be done before the Chinese New Year.

Cleaning on the day of the Chinese New Year is considered a taboo as this may drive the good luck out of the door.  But cleaning on the eve of the celebration will sweep away evil spirits and bad luck gained from the previous year.  So it is with necessity to do all the spring cleaning before Chinese New Year.

Staying up late will prolong the lives of the elderly.

On the eve of Chinese New Year, children are encouraged to stay as late as possible.  This symbolizes the children’s will to guard the longevity of their parents and other older relatives and members of the family.  In this regard, staying awake until dawn is expected from the young ones.

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