While we are already done celebrating the most beautiful New Year’s Eve, the next event the world is looking forward to is the Chinese New Year 2021. China, being the most populated country of the world and has one of the oldest cultures and civilizations, holds much influence, and being a citizen, you must be looking forward to celebrating this event as well.
In our detailed article about the Chinese New Year 2021, we will be discussing plenty of important stuff in detail such as the Chinese New Year History, Facts, Celebrations, Holidays, and different Chinese New Year Festivals that are organized all across the globe. So let us now bring you those without any further delay.
Table of Contents
- 1 Chinese New Year Celebrations
- 1.1 House Cleaning (Pre-Chinese New Year Preparation)
- 1.2 New Year Shopping (Pre-Chinese New Year Preparation)
- 1.3 Chinese New Year Decorations (New Year’s Eve)
- 1.4 The Reunion Dinner (New Year’s Eve)
- 1.5 Giving Red Envelopes to Kids (New Year’s Eve)
- 1.6 Chinese Stay Up Late (New Year’s Eve)
- 1.7 Chinese New Year Fireworks (New Year’s Day)
- 1.8 Chinese New Year Greetings and Clothes (New Year’s Day)
- 1.9 Watching Traditional Festivals
- 1.10 Other Public Celebrations at Temples and Parks
- 2 Chinese New Year History
- 3 Chinese New Year Origin
- 4 During the Zhou Dynasty
- 5 During the Han Dynasty
- 6 During the Wei-Qing Dynasty
- 7 The Modern Times
- 8 Chinese New Year Food
- 9 Chinese New Year Wishes, Quotes, and Greetings
- 10 Chinese New Year Facts
- 11 Conclusion
Chinese New Year Celebrations
One of the reasons why people look forward to these famous events is because they need a reason to celebrate and get some time away from the hectic work life and daily routines. When it comes to the Chinese New Year 2021 celebrations of the event are quite vast and plenty. Let us now move ahead and introduce you to some of the activities or celebrations that people do before and during the festival.
House Cleaning (Pre-Chinese New Year Preparation)
House Cleaning is one of the Pre-Chinese New Year Preparation in which people work together to clean their own and each other’s houses and they are glad to help each other with that. This period is also referred to as ‘sweeping away the dust’ since people clean their houses, shops, markets, and workplaces to make them free of debris.
New Year Shopping (Pre-Chinese New Year Preparation)
Preparing for the New Year event in China also includes shopping for goods to prepare for the event. For ladies, this is the favorite part of the pre-event days during which the markets are full of amazing stuff to buy for the celebrating at discounted prices.
Also, shopping provides a great opportunity for people to rejoice about the event and enjoy street food from vendors.
Chinese New Year Decorations (New Year’s Eve)
By 24th January that is the New Year’s Eve of the Chinese New Year, people start putting decorations on their houses, streets, workplaces, markets, and other places.
There is plenty of stuff that is part of the decorations mainly red lanterns, paper cutouts, and paintings that express a lot about Chinese tradition and culture.
The decorations that Chinese people put are the symbolism of blessings, longevity, and to keep the evil away. Furthermore, the citizens also engage in saying prayers and expect blessings and prosperity for their people and country.
The Reunion Dinner (New Year’s Eve)
It is a part of the Chinese tradition that the whole family gathers on the New Year’s Eve to be a part of the family reunion and a must-do dinner.
The family members should fulfill this tradition regardless of how far they are working from their hometown in China or any other country in the world. However, there are exceptions for people who can’t make it doesn’t matter how hard they try.
Giving Red Envelopes to Kids (New Year’s Eve)
In the Chinese Tradition, giving a Red Envelope means to wish children and other people good luck and give them your prayers and blessing for a happy, prosperous, and successful life in the future.
During the New Year’s Eve, parents and relatives handover these beautiful Red Envelopes that is considered a blessing to the children who are getting them.
Chinese Stay Up Late (New Year’s Eve)
Staying up late or staying awake the whole night on the New Year’s Eve of the Chinese New Year that was being followed for the centuries.
However, now, people only stay awake till midnight to see the fireworks and then most people get back to their beds. However, people with more respect for their old traditions still stay awake the whole night.
Chinese New Year Fireworks (New Year’s Day)
The moment the clock strikes 12, Chinese people, like the rest of the world, welcome the New Year by the most exotic sight of Fireworks.
People in all cities of China and many other parts of the world, stay awake till 12 AM to witness this beautiful sight and record it on their cameras as a memory they are never going to forget.
Chinese New Year Greetings and Clothes (New Year’s Day)
After the Chinese New Year Fireworks around 12 AM, some people stay awake the whole night to honor their old traditions while others back to their bedrooms.
In the morning, however, people get up to wear their new Chinese New Year Clothes and wish each other with New Year greetings and celebrate the spirit of the New Year’s Day.
Watching Traditional Festivals
During the New Year’s Day, Chinese people get out of their homes with their families and celebrate different events and festivals like the Lion and Dragon Dances which are a long-running part of the Chinese Traditions.
These same festivals are observed by people in countries like Macau and Hong Kong where the event is being celebrated.
Other Public Celebrations at Temples and Parks
As we have said before, the Chinese have a long-running history and vast culture and civilization that consists of multiple cultural activities that they perform during their events.
So during the New Year’s Day, people also hang out with their friends and families at Temples and Parks for fun and enjoyment to make sure that they enjoy the event to the fullest.
So this was everything you guys needed to know about the Celebrations during the Chinese New Year event. Let us now move ahead and discuss a bit of the history of the event.
Chinese New Year History
Being such an old civilization, the Chinese New Year has a long-running history that dates back to about 3,500 years. But, have you ever wondered where and how it all started?
Well, we will be trying to answer this question now in this short account about the history of the Chinese New Year that is of huge importance in people’s eyes.
Chinese New Year Origin
The origin of the Chinese New Year dates back to the Shang Dynasty around 1600 to 1046 BC, however, the historians don’t know the exact reason behind why this all started.
Some think that it is probably related to the Winter Sacrifices that were made for gods and ancestors. This opinion holds the most power and many Chinese still offer these sacrifices during the event.
During the Zhou Dynasty
The event gained further importance during the Zhou Dynasty from 1046 to 256 BC when the Calendar Year was first established in the Chinese Tradition.
After the establishment of this, more is known about the event and by then, it was more about the worship of the ancestors that had become a common practice during those times.
During the Han Dynasty
The Han Dynasty’s importance cannot be neglected that revolutionized the Chinese Traditions and it was during this Dynasty’s time from 202 BC to 220 AD that the fixed date for the Chinese New Year was set.
It was because of the Chinese New Year activities had become more popular during that time but it was still considered rather a religious event.
During the Wei-Qing Dynasty
A lot didn’t change about the event of the Chinese New Year during the Wei-Qing Dynasty from 220 to 1911 besides the fact the people started celebrating it more as an annual event that was less about religion and more about entertainment and social gathering.
A lot of Chinese New Year Traditions that are still part of the event were introduced during this time.
The Modern Times
The Chinese New Year became a global event in modern times, especially after 1980 and the new traditions like the Red Envelope, TV Galas, and Overseas Travel became a part of it.
Also, during the TV and internet age, it has now become a global event that is celebrated all across the world.
Now that you know about the history of the Chinese New Year as well, let us move ahead and bring you more details about the event and cover the Chinese New Year Food.
Chinese New Year Food
Not a single event in the world is complete without proper food and tasty dishes. Just like the rest of the World, Chinese people have their food specialty.
We will be bringing you the details of different dishes that are popular in Chinese culture and are good to be consumed. So without any further delay, let us bring you more details about the Chinese New Year Food.
Fish and Rice
Fish and Rice are two of the most consumed foods by the Chinese people. In fact, Fish is such a surplus in their tradition that they consider eating fish as a special blessing that brings prosperity and abundance to their food and life.
There isn’t a single Chinese New Year feast that doesn’t feature at least one of the dishes that have fish cooked in them. On the other hand, different dishes made of rice are considered to be an integral part of the feasts going on in families and restaurants.
In fact, you will hear names like Crucian Carp and Chinese Mud Carp that are dishes most-liked by the Chinese people and eating them is considered to be a symbol of good luck and fortune.
This Chinese food’s history dates back to about 1,800 years and every New Year event that is about to be celebrated can’t be complete without it.
According to the Chinese Tradition, eating this food during the New Year’s event is considered to be a symbol of good luck and if you are going through rough times then you should be eating a lot of it.
Noodles on a Chinese New Year Feast represent happiness and longevity and that’s why they are offered called Longevity Noodles as well.
All of us realize how important are to the Chinese tradition and having a feast during this event should be considered a crime, not in a literal sense though.
So while preparing your dinner for the New Year’s Eve, make sure a bowl of the longevity noodles is present there.
Chinese New Year Wishes, Quotes, and Greetings
Saying New Year Wishes and Greetings complete the event and make your human bond stronger with your loved ones.
However, if you are running short of beautiful words to send as Chinese New Year Wishes Messages to your family, friends, relatives, business colleagues, and people you know from other fields of life, we have got the right words for you.
So let us now move ahead and bring you some beautiful Chinese New Year Quotes and Wishes that you can copy and forward to your loved ones and make your bond stronger with them.
Chinese New Year Wishes
- Happy New Year, I wish you good health and lasting prosperity.
- May wealth always come your way. May it be auspicious and as you wish. A Charm to Bring Satisfaction and Happiness Year by Year.
- Happy New Year! Always welcome the new morning with a new spirit, a smile on your face, love in your heart and good thoughts in your mind.
- May your days be as glittery as a diamond, may your friends be as good as gold, may your heart stay as green as an emerald, and may your soul remain as pure as a pearl.
- I give you endless brand new good wishes. Please accept them as a new remembrance of our lasting friendship.
- Wishing you good fortune on the Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Greetings
- I hope the days ahead are filled with immense joy and prosperity. Happy Chinese New Year.
- I hope the rising sun will bring with it bundles of joy, happiness and luck. Happy Chinese New Year!
- May the new year bring in your life joys that never fade, hopes that never die, and strength that never weakens. Wishing you a very happy Chinese New Year.
You now have plenty of these Chinese New Year Wishes and Quotes to copy over your phone and send them as New Year greetings to your loved ones who are celebrating the event with you to wish them good luck and prosperity.
Chinese New Year Facts
Being one of the biggest New Year events in the world, there is plenty of Chinese New Year facts that people aren’t aware of. To make this interesting for you guys, we are now going to share some interesting Chinese New Year Facts with you guys.
The Changing Date
The date of the Chinese New Year is decided on the basis of Lunar Calendar and this is why it changes every year. So make sure that before you start preparing for the event every year, you confirm the date of the event. The Chinese New Year 2021 date is 25th January.
The Spring Festival
The Chinese New Year is also a celebration that marks the coming of spring and that is why by many Chinese, it is also referred to as ‘The Spring Festival’.
The 15-Day Event
The Chinese New Year celebrations last for 15 days making it the longest-running New Year event in the world. Also, the Chinese New Year’s Day that is also the 15th and last day of the event is also called the Lantern Festival.
The Longest Public Holiday
Lasting for 7-12 days, the Chinese New Year is the longest public holiday. The working people get this many days as their holidays while the students get a full month of vacation. For working people, the Public Holidays start from 24th January and last till 30th.
The Reunion Dinner
As mentioned before in the celebrations section, the Reunion Dinner is of foremost importance and it is more like a ritual to these people.
It is one of the biggest feasts that the Chinese people have in their homes and many have these in the public gatherings and later that night, they also watch the CCTV New Year’s Gala without which the event can’t be completed.
Having mentioned the top 5 facts about the Chinese New Year, let us now quickly more of these for you:
- All gifts and envelopes are wrapped in red paper and even all decorations are red
- The Chinese wish each other on this event by saying ‘Guo Nian Hao’ that translates into Happy New Year.
- On the Chinese New Year, the world witnesses its biggest Firework Show.
- One-sixth of the world population celebrates the event including countries like Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.
- The Chinese New Year Celebrations are also held in cities like New Year, London, Sydney, and Vancouver.
- The start of the Chinese New Year also starts a new animal’s zodiac year.
So for now, this was everything you need to know about the Chinese New Year 2021, its celebrations, history, wishes, and interesting facts that you guys must have enjoyed reading.
Since our blogs will be bringing you more updates about this event, you should stay tuned to our site. Keep visiting us and a very Happy Chinese New Year 2021 to you lads.