Amid the sound of firecrackers goes the old year,
And spring breeze brings warmth to the Tusu wine.
At countless doors new peach wood charms appear,
In place of the old, houses are bathed in morning Sunshine.
New Year’s Day, by Wang Anshi (1021-1086)
Numerous poems have depicted Chinese New Year’s Eve ever since ancient times in China. In the poem above, Wang Anshi described the festival’s cultural connotations.
The Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year, remains the most important and jubilant festival in China. This is the time when Chinese people greet the lunar New Year according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The festive atmosphere fills the air since the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month and only ends in the 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month. The climax of the festival happens from the Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival.
On the eve of Chinese New Year, people return home for family reunions. Children, who Always look forward to celebrating New Year’s Day, stay up all night, laughing happily. All family members stay up to welcome the New Year, expressing their hopes and wishes for a better future.
Last days of the 12th Chinese lunar month
The Chinese New Year’s Eve
First days of the 1st Chinese lunar month
The Chinese zodiac