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Chinese New Year 农历新年, 春节

The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year,  新年, 农历新年, 春节 is the most important event in the social calendar of ethnic Chinese around the world.

It usually falls in January or February. This year's date is on our Chinese Festival page.

Each year is represented by one of the 12 zodiac animals. 2008 is year of the Rat, the start of a 12 year cycle. 2009 is the year of the ox.

The Chinese New Year celebration last for 15 days but in most countries, the first and usually the second day of Chinese New Year is designated as public holidays. In places where Chinese New Year is not official holidays, the Chinese population either applies for leave or celebrates during the nearest weekend. Preparation for Chinese New Year occurs at multiple levels.   

The major celebrations during the Chinese New Year are New Year eve reunion dinner 除夕团年饭, visiting on New Year’s Day 拜年and the yuanxiao 元宵the 15th  day and the last day of the new year.

The Chinese New Year celebration is a colorful, symbolic and joyous time. Many customs have a long history and may not be understood by all. Some dismiss certain aspects as superstition but a more in depth and detailed analysis suggest that cultural practices relating to the Chinese New Year do have social functions even if it is not immediately obvious.

Therefore, the celebration of Chinese New Year is also a form of cultural transmission and illuminates the values and aspiration of ethnic Chinese.

mandarin orangeThe series of articles discuss various aspects of Chinese New and its celebration:

Preparing for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebration

Nian Gao, 年糕, New year cake

Yu Sheng, 鱼生

Red Packet, 红包

Lion dance 舞狮

Fire Crackers

God of Wealth

mandarin orangeChinese New Year celebrations in:

singapore chinatownologistSingapore Chinese New Year
malaysia chinatownologistKL, Malaysia Chinese New Year
burma chinatownologistYangon, Burma Chinese New Year
france chinatownologistParis Chinatown, France
Liverpool Chinatown, UK



2014, Year of the horse


singapore chinatownologistChinese New Year at Thian Hock Keng temple



2013, Year of the Snake



singapore chinatownologist Chinese New Year eve in Singapore

zodiac dragon2012, Year of the Dragon

 

malaysia chinatownologistMalacca Chinatown welcomes the dragon
Birmingham Chinatown celebrates Chinese New Year
Liverpool Chinatown on Chinese New Year eve
singapore chinatownologistSingapore Chinatown welcomes the Dragon

zodiac rabbit2011, Year of the Rabbit events:

singapore chinatownologistRabbit arrives at Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore

zodiac tiger2010, Year of the Tiger events:

france chinatownologistChinese New Year parade, Paris
france chinatownologistChinese New Year eve, Paris Chinatown 13 arrondissement
france chinatownologistChinese New Year, Paris Chinatown 20 arrondissement
singapore chinatownologistSingapore Chinese New Year
burma chinatownologistYangon, Burma Chinese New Year

zodiac ox2009, Year of the Ox events:

singapore chinatownologistSingapore Chinese New Year
malaysia chinatownologistKL, Malaysia Chinese New Year
burma chinatownologistYangon, Burma Chinese New Year
singapore chinatownologistChinese New Year eve at Thian Hock Keng
singapore chinatownologistChinese New Year eve temple visits

zodiac ox2008, Year of the Rat events:

singapore chinatownologistSingapore Chinese New Year 2008
singapore chinatownologistChinese New Year eve at Thian Hock Keng 2008
singapore chinatownologistYuan Xiao at Thian Hock Keng Temple 2008

 

 

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Chinese New Year in Malacca, Malaysia
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Lion dance troupe performing on Chinese New Year eve
chinese new year in yangon myanmar
Chinese New Year in Yangon Chinatown
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Dragon dance by martial monks
chinese new year
New Year markets in Singapore Chinatown
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New year goods in Bangkok Chinatown
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Chinese New Year in KL Chinatown, Malaysia
chinese new year yangon chinatown
Chinese New Year market in Yangon
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New Year foodstuff

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