Chinese New Year Calendar
  • Lantern Festival

  • 14th Day of the New Year

  • 13th Day of the New Year

  • 12th Day of the New Year

  • Broken Five Festival

  • Lunar New Year's Day

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Animal Signs of Chinese Zodiac
  • Year of the Tiger
    Tigers, considered to be brave, cruel, forceful, stately and terrifying, are the symbol of power and lordliness.
  • Year of the Rabbit
    For Chinese people, the rabbit is a tame creature representing hope for a long time. It is tender and lovely.
  • Year of the Dragon
    Dragon is the token of authority, dignity, honor, success, luck, and capacity.
  • Year of the Snake
    Snake carries the meanings of malevolence, cattiness and mystery, as well as acumen and divination.
  • Year of the Horse
    The Five Elements of Horse is Fire (Huo), which symbolizes enthusiasm and energy.
  • Year of the Sheep
    Sheep (goat, or ram) is among the animals that people like most. It is gentle and calm.
  • Year of the Monkey
    The monkey is a clever animal. It is usually compared to a smart person.
  • Year of the Rooster
    Rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality.
  • Year of the Dog
    Dog is man's good friend, the Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal.
  • Year of the Pig
    Pig is not thought to be a smart animal in China, but it has no calculation to harm others, and can bring affluence to people.
  • Year of the Rat
    Rat has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.
  • Year of the Ox
    Oxen attach to the symbol of diligence, persistence and honesty.
  • The Chinese Zodiac
    The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign.
Changing Trends in Chinese New Year

Spring Festival Customs

The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and is when all family members get together. It has 5,000 years of history.

Spring Festival in 50's

Many customs accompany the Spring Festival, these photos document how Chinese people spend the Spring Festival in old times.

Spring Festival Travel

Spring Festival travel is the largest annual migration of people in the world. In just 40 days, almost half the world's population is on the move.
  • Beijing has several fairs during the period. The fairs are held at various ancient temples, so they are called "temple fairs." Temple fairs, originated along with the development of Buddhist and Taoist activities, are a kind of mass gatherings that integrate religious worship, entertainment and commerce.
  • In Ansai, a small village in northern Shaanxi, nearly everyone is able to play Ansai Waist Drum. Kids start to learn it as early as seven or eight. The drum dance is originated in the ancient rituals of ancestor worship and has gradually evolved into celebration performance.
  • Guangzhou is known for its flower fair held annually during the Spring Festival. The origin of flower fairs can be traced back 500 years. From then on, flower fairs were held in Guangzhou during the Spring Festival every year. There is an old saying there, "No flower fairs, no Spring Festival."
  • Firework and firecracker display has long been forbidden in Hong Kong, but the Victoria Harbor will witness a grand firework display on the night of the second day of the lunar New Year, which has been a 20 years' ritual for welcoming the Spring Festival.
  • Taiwanese also spend New Year's Eve bidding farewell to the old year, with a reunion dinner by all the family members, to thank their ancestors and the gods for the blessings and protection bestowed upon them.
  • United Kingdom

  • France

  • Spain

  • Russia

  • South Africa

  • Dubai

  • Singapore

  • Australia

  • United States

  • Argentina

Lantern Festival Culture of Chinese New Year