How Chinese Families Celebrate The New Year & Classroom Resources

How The Chinese Celebrate The New Year (With Student Resources Below)

China, the world’s most populous country and its 1.5 billion people are all set to welcome the New Year with lunar fun-firecrackers, lanterns, parades, and everything all-red. Also called the ‘Spring Festival’ or ‘Chunjie’ in Chinese, it is the most extended holiday in China lasting for 15 days. It is also the time to feast and renew family bonds accompanied by both traditional and some modern customs and rituals.

Some Basics

Ancient Chinese celebrated the ‘Spring Festival’ to mark the end of the coldest wintry days and the beginning of spring. The legend also says, the tradition of lighting fireworks and beating drums is to reminisce and celebrate the death of Nian.

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