All You Need to Know about Chinese New Year

February 3, 2016 | Author: Carrie Fan

It’s time again for Chinese New Year! This is the most important holiday season for Chinese people globally. As a Chinese native, I am getting excited and busy preparing food, decorating my home and getting myself ready for the holiday. Let me share some fun facts about the Chinese New Year, also known as the Chinese Spring Festival, to help you know more about it.

2016 CNY CalendarChinese New Year Key Dates

The Chinese New Year date changes each year, based on the Chinese lunar calendar.

Here is the 2016 Chinese New Year calendar!

  • 2/7 –New Year’s Eve. It’s all about what we will have for dinner.
  • 2/8 – The first day of Chinese New Year. It’s time to dress up in new attire.
  •  2/9 – The second day of Chinese New Year. If you are a married woman, it’s traditional to return home to visit your parents with your husband and children. 
  • 2/12 – The fifth day of Chinese New Year. Open your front door to welcome the Chinese wealth god. 

The Year of Monkey

2016 is the year of the monkey, based on the Chinese Zodiac. Specific to the zodiac’s traditional five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – it is the year of the fire monkey. Babies born in this year are said to be aggressive, smart and possibly will take leadership roles in the future.

China Red EnvelopeDo’s and Don’ts

I still clearly remember being told to be extra cautious in everything I say and do during Chinese New Year. There is a old saying, all your daily activities will lead to your fortune in the new year. Even though most of these customs are no longer followed by today’s generation, it is interesting to reflect on the traditional list of do’s and don’ts.

Do:

  • Clean the house thoroughly before New Year’s Eve.
  • Prepare new outfits for all family members.
  • Greet everyone with kind words and happy wishes.
  • Give young children a red envelope with cash. (This was my favorite part when I was a child. Now with one of my own, my least favorite.) 

Do not:

  • Sweep the floor before the fifth day of Chinese New Year.
  • Use words such as “death,” “broken,” “sick,” etc.
  • Break any household items. You need to be careful when you move around the kitchen.

China AirportChinese New Year Travel Rush - Spring Rush

Very similar to the Western world’s Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the New Year is time for the Chinese family reunion. This is the longest national holiday and everyone wants to celebrate with their families. The Chinese Ministry of Transportation reported a total of 2.81 billion passengers traveled during the 2015 Spring Rush. The number of air travelers during the upcoming Spring Festival is expected to hit 54.55 million, an 11 percent increase from 2015, according to forecasts by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). 

With improvements in safety technology that Honeywell and others provide to the Chinese market, I wish everyone safe travels and an enjoyable holiday for everyone celebrating the Chinese New Year. As for me, I am on my way home!

Carrie Fan

Carrie Fan

Carrie Fan is the Content Producer for Honeywell Aerospace. Previously, she worked for Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific as the Digital Media Manager.

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