Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year, depending on the Chinese lunar-solar calendar. It begins with the second or third new moon after the winter solstice and ends with the following full moon. This year, 2024, Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 10 and then the Year of the Dragon begins.

Chinese astrology is based on a person’s year of birth. Your year animal brings you luck and tells something about innate traits and abilities.

What traditions belong to the Chinese New Year?

The color red represents good luck and prosperity and is used throughout the Chinese New Year.

Children receive red envelopes of money from their parents and grandparents, and most Chinese receive their annual bonus sealed in a red envelope at this time of year.

Lantern festival

Chinese New Year is also the time to honor your deceased relatives.

Chinese families organize a celebration banquet – a weilu – at which the spirits of the deceased are also invited to the table. During dinner, they wish each other – both the living and the dead – a happy New Year.

On the 15th day of Chinese New Year, millions of red lanterns illuminate the streets throughout China. This lantern festival is the closing celebration.

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