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Spring Festival mood delights worldwide friends

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

02-05-2016 14:22 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, Post Doctorate, Department of World Development Strategy, Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

The Spring Festival (Chunjie), also known as the Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival in the country. It has a more than 4,000-year history. 

With the 2016 Chinese New Year of the Monkey approaching, Chinese people from all over the world are celebrating. A pleasant mood is brimming.

What is the "festival mood"? Hanging red lanterns, pasting couplets, family reunion dinners, passing red envelopes, lion dances, paying New Year calls, praying for a better new year, which spark a festive and family atmosphere. 

"The mood" consists of missing beloved ones, looking forward to a better year ahead, while reflecting on traditional customs of the Chinese, such as being hard-working, progressive, loving one’s family, and respecting elders. 

Since China has become more internationalized, more Chinese are going abroad and more foreigners are coming to China. 

Influenced by Chinese culture, some countries, including South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and other Asian countries, also celebrate the Chinese New Year.  Some nations, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, have many Chinese living there, and they set the Chinese Lunar New Year as a national holiday.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, United States President, British Prime Minister, Malaysian Prime Minister and other world leaders annually extend their congratulations and blessings to all Chinese and other Asians with the Lunar New Year approaching. 

People in the US, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil and other countries will celebrate the Spring Festival with Overseas Chinese residing there. 

To celebrate the year of the Monkey, overseas Chinese in the UK will hold a parade in central London on February 14 (seventh day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar). 

The annual Chinese Spring Festival is evolving into a global festival. More than a dozen countries have set it as a national holiday. 

After years of effort by local Chinese in New York State, the state government had approved the Chinese New Year as an official school holiday, starting from 2014. This is the first officially-recognized holiday for overseas Chinese in US history.

Why has the Chinese New Year become so popular worldwide?  With a long history, Chinese culture is rich, profound, and attractive to people all over the world. The Spring Festival is a major cultural symbol of the Chinese, and the most sentimental festival for overseas Chinese. 

When overseas Chinese spread the nation’s culture to the outside world, they promote the Chinese New Year wherever they go. 

Globalization and cultural exchanges have become more frequent.  In China, people have gradually accepted Western holidays including Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, while the world is gradually accepting various elements of Chinese culture, including the Spring Festival. 

The rapid development of China's economy and overall national strength has upgraded the nation’s international status. Chinese ancient civilization has demonstrated its value to outsiders. 

The Spring Festival “mood” can be enjoyed by people around the world, marking a success of Chinese culture and the pride of its people. Upon the coming year of the Monkey, it’s time for the Chinese all over the world to have a joyful Chinese New Year!

 

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )

 

 

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