Yes, today is Chinese New Year’s Eve, which is the most important meal for Chinese families to come together and enjoy. This year, the lunar New Year lies on February 19th, which is the start of the 15 day festivities of the Chinese New Year’s. In reality though, the festive atmosphere starts a few days or weeks before the Chinese New Year starts. Many people will take time off to go back to their home town to celebrate the holiday with their family. Buying tickets to get on an airplane, train or bus can be quite difficult, and even if you were lucky enough to get a ticket, the journey will be a stressful one. Here is a BBC report on just how stressful this journey home is for many people.
To find out about the many traditions and history of the holiday, visit the History channel website here and see where this holiday all began and how it has evolved over the years. Food definitely plays a key part of this holiday, and many of the foods are carefully selected for their meaning during the holiday. Oh, and the fireworks! The fireworks start early on New Year’s Eve, and gets very intense around midnight. It is very appropriate that fireworks was invented in China, and is still being used by young and old alike.
Team of Hansa One Directors, Trainers and Instructors sharing experiences and interests on all things cultures and languages.