Chinese Spring Festival

Chinese Spring Festival is one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals. It celebrates the new year in Chinese lunar calendar, thus, the festival is also known as Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, or Agrarian Calendar’s New Year. The celebration of Chinese Spring Festival lasts for 15 days starting from the first day of the first lunar month until the 15th day of the month.

The celebration of Chinese Spring Festival starts on the first day of the first month in lunar calendar. In Gregorian calendar, the date of Chinese Spring Festival keeps changing from year to year. Chinese Spring Festival celebration ends with Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first lunar month.

Date of Chinese Spring Festival 2014

When is Chinese Spring Festival 2014?
The first day of Chinese Spring Festival 2014 falls on Friday, 31 January 2014. The celebration of Chinese Spring Festival 2014 will last for 15 days until Friday, 14 February 2014.

Chinese Spring Festival Holidays Around the World

Many countries including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and some other Asian countries celebrate the festival as a public holiday. The number of Chinese Spring Festival holidays in different countries varies based on the laws governing holidays in their respective countries.

List of 2013 Chinese Spring Festival Holidays
China : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
Hong Kong : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
Indonesia : Friday, 31 January 2014 (1 day)
Korea : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
Macau : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (3 days)
Malaysia : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Saturday,1 February 2014 * (2 days)
Singapore : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Saturday,1 February 2014 (2 days)
Taiwan : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Tuesday, 4 February 2014 (4 days)
Vietnam : Friday, 31 January 2014 – Tuesday, 4 February 2014 (4 days)

 

List of 2013 Chinese Spring Festival Holidays

China : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
Hong Kong : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
Indonesia : Sunday, 10 February 2013 (1 day)
Korea : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
Macau : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3 days)
Malaysia : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Monday, 11 February 2013 * (2 days)
Singapore : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Monday, 11 February 2013 (2 days)
Taiwan : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Wednesday, 13 February 2013 (4 days)
Vietnam : Sunday, 10 February 2013 – Wednesday, 13 February 2013 (4 days)

2014 Chinese Spring Festival Celebrations

Chinese Spring Festival celebrations are dominated with the color of red. People decorate their house with red ornaments and red papers, give pocket money inside red envelopes to the children, light red candles, and burn red incense during the celebration of Chinese New Year. Meanwhile, streets, malls, and temples are garnished with red lanterns and illuminated with red and gold light from many small lamps.

Before celebrating Chinese Spring Festival, Chinese people spend their money to buy new clothes, presents, food, and decorations. They will also cleanse the house thoroughly since Chinese people believe that a clean house will invite good luck and sweep away bad luck. On the eve of Chinese Spring Festival, Chinese families gather and have a feast together. The family gathering is usually ended by setting off firecrackers at midnight.

On the first day of Chinese Spring Festival, children greet their parents and the older relatives by wishing them a happy, wealthy, and healthy new year. The adults then give the children money inside red paper envelops. People also wish each other a happy new year and forget all grudges in the past.

The festivity of Chinese Spring Festival spread among Chinese communities around the world. Traditional Chinese performances such as Lion Dance and Dragon Dance are performed on many streets while fireworks and firecrackers are set off everywhere.

Happy Chinese Spring Festival 2014 !
Happy Chinese New Year 2014 !
Gong Xi Fat Cai !