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find out what Chinese New Year is

Lunar New Year 2024 begins today, February 10th. The date marks the New Year in China and in Chinese communities around the world, which is why it is also known as “Chinese New Year” 2024.

New Year’s Eve occurs according to the Chinese calendar, which is a lunar calendar that has 12 months, and, in leap years, 13 months. Chinese New Year is one of the most popular festivities in China and can last several days.

The Chinese calendar has the characteristic of relating each year to different animals. O dragon is the animal of Chinese New Year 2024. This Lunar New Year ends on January 28, 2025.

The next Chinese New Year will be from January 29, 2025 to February 16, 2026. This year will be represented by the serpent.

What is Lunar New Year?

History professor at the Passo course and college, in São Paulo, Thomas Wisiak highlights that the Lunar New Year is a traditional celebration in Chinese culture.

“The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, is the celebration of the beginning of the year in the Chinese calendar, which is lunisolar, combining in the count the lunations (phases of the moon) and the movement of the Earth in relation to the Sun”

Thomas Wisiak

The professor remembers that the Lunar New Year begins with the first new moon after the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere (summer in the southern hemisphere).

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spring Festival

A Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year celebration is also known as “Spring Festival”. The celebration takes place, according to the history professor, in China and in several countries in East and Southeast Asia, such as Japan and South Korea.

“The Spring Festival involves family gatherings, exchanging gifts, plenty of food, dancing, music, performances and fireworks”, says Wisiak.

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In Brazil, Chinese New Year is also celebrated in some regions. One of the best-known celebrations is held in Bairro da Liberdade, in São Paulo.

Chinese New Year celebration in the Liberdade neighborhood, in São Paulo [1]

Fun facts about Chinese New Year

According to This article, Chinese New Year has several interesting facts. Check out some below:

  • It is one of the most important holidays in China;

  • The celebration takes place over three days, but, depending on the country, it can last longer;

  • There are countries that declare a holiday for a week, closing businesses and restaurants;

  • During the Chinese New Year celebration, many people prepare traditional dishes that symbolize luck;

  • Fish, chicken and traditional Chinese spring rolls are examples of dishes served on Chinese New Year;

  • On the last day of the celebration, the Lantern Festival is held, when families launch small lanterns into the air;

  • In today’s China, the New Year celebration is a time when millions of people return to their homelands to spend a few days with their families. Gifts may be exchanged.

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[1] Rovena Rosa/Agência Brasil

By Silvia Tancredi
Journalist

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