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When is the Chinese New Year in 2013?

February 10, 2013

Learn more about the Chinese New Year.

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Red Lanterns for Chinese New Year KK 5What is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of the New Year according to the lunar calendar. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, was a time to honor household and heavenly deities and ancestors and to gather with family for elaborate feasts. Although the Chinese typically celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1 ever since China’s adoption of the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese New Year is still widely celebrated and remains an important social and economic holiday in China.

When is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year.

How do people celebrate the Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions focus on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the coming of Spring. Celebrations and traditions include family gatherings, gift giving, festive meals of symbolic foods, festive decorations and honoring one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, depending on the year – 2011 is the year of the Rabbit.

Find Chinese New Year crafts, recipes and decoration ideas here.

Sources: history.com, holiday.kaboose.com
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