Everything You Need To Know About Chinese New Year

Go Global By Cecilia Hendrix January 31, 2022

The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. This is a time for Chinese families to cleanse their house to sweep away ill fortune and make room for good luck, as well as welcome the coming warmer weather. You will see doors decorated with red colored paper cutouts with themes of “happiness” and “wealth.”  Curious to learn more about the Chinese New Year? Read on!

When is it celebrated?

There is no set date for Chinese New Year, each year the festivities on a new date. In 2022, Lunar New Year’s Eve falls on Jan. 31, 2022 and the new year rings in on Tuesday, Feb. 1st.

On Chinese New Year’s Day, there are lots of celebrations with family visits and New Year festivities. The fun activities include dragon dances, setting off firecrackers, and worshipping ancestors.

Chinese New Year is a public holiday in China and other countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam. It typically lasts seven consecutive days from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the sixth day after Chinese New Year’s Day.

Good Harvest & Good Business

The Chinese traditionally celebrate the beginning of a new year of farm work and wish for a good harvest to come. China’s farming cycle is supposed to start soon after this, but it actually depends on the location – the ground doesn’t thaw in some places in China until March. However, traditions have changed a little. Today, people celebrate the start of a new business year and wish for profits and success.

The Year of the Tiger

2o22 marks the end of the Year of the Ox and brings in the Year of the Tiger. Each year is different and related to an animal sign in the Chinese zodiac. The tiger is the symbol of bravery, wisdom and strength.. Learn more about the zodiac animals here.

Celebrate with WU

You can always help celebrate Chinese New Year’s with Western Union! Western Union is about connecting families with their loved ones, especially during such wonderful holidays like Chinese New Year.