Choosing a vacation destination is not just a way to complete your vacation. It’s about visiting a place that is completely different from your own to make many discoveries. If you want to enrich yourself
Choosing a vacation destination is not just a way to complete your vacation. It’s about visiting a place that is completely different from your own to make many discoveries. If you want to enrich yourself in culture during your stay, China is one of the best destinations to choose. Don’t hesitate to go during the Spring Festival, the biggest and most important festival of the year in China. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some things you should know about the Chinese Spring festival.
What is the Spring Festival in China?
Spring Festival is the most important event of the year in China. Indeed, it is the New Year’s festival, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Shengxiao, the Chinese astrology, corresponds to a cycle of 12 months. Each year is represented by an animal. For example, the year 2021 is the year of the Buffalo.
It began on Friday, February 12, 2021, and will end on Monday, January 31, 2022. The vacation, on the occasion of this festival, lasts 7 days. It is the longest vacation of the year in China. As for the celebration, it lasts up to 16 days. With a history of more than 4,000 years, the Spring Festival is the biggest festival of the year.
When and how to go there?
If you want to attend the next Spring Festival in China, you should go before the end of January 2022. Indeed, the Chinese lunar year 2022 starts on February 1 and ends on January 21, 2023. The celebration starts on January 31, 2022. To fully enjoy the celebration, it is best to go there a few days before the New Year.
This will give you time to prepare. As for how to get there, you can choose a good travel agency that will accompany the organization of your stay, including the administrative procedures. You can also take the opportunity to go for a walk with your family or friends before the festivities start.
How does the Spring Festival take place?
For Chinese people, Spring Festival is an opportunity to meet their families. They take advantage of New Year’s Eve to organize a family dinner which they call “reunion dinner”. The next day begins the offering of gifts to the elderly. They then move on to a firecracker explosion followed by fireworks to mark the transition to the new year.
It is a tradition that has lasted since the dawn of time. As for the younger ones, they simply prefer to receive a red envelope containing money. Indeed, exchanging red envelopes means more than just a gift. Besides containing money as a gift, the red envelope is also supposed to bring good luck to the recipient.
What about public celebrations?
The festive spirit during the Chinese New Year celebration also lies in public celebrations such as the dragon or lion dance. These performances are part of the traditions that make the country so unique. You can find them everywhere, in many cities in China. Take the opportunity to buy traditional products that are rarely seen on other days of the year, such as snacks.
Finally, to make the most of your vacation in China during the Spring Festival, don’t hesitate to visit festive places. Go to fairs, temples, or even parks to admire the celebrations. Whether you go out with your group or with your family, the Chinese New Year festival will make you live a unique experience rich in culture.
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