Chinese new year is one the most important festival for Chinese people. Also known as the “Spring Festival” there are some unique things that make it different from other new year celebrations. Here we bring you those Chinese new year facts which make it completely different.
1. Every Year Date Varies
This one is the most astonishing among Chinese new year facts but it’s true.
The Chinese new year 2018 will be celebrated on February 16. Last year they celebrated new year on January 28 and it keeps on changing. This change depends on the phase of moon (Lunisolar calendar) rather than the Gregorian calendar. However, almost every year the new year date comes between January 21 and February 10.
2. New Year Named After Animals
Similarly, like the date this animals too changes every year as Chinese have total of 12 animals in their Zodiac cycle (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, dog, and pig, rooster).
Chinese new year 2018 is named as “Dog Year“. The year 2019 will be “Pig Year” and year 2020 will be “Rat Year”.
3. Vacation For Weeks
The celebration of new year continues for weeks. It’s like a winter vacation for China. The schools and universities get about a month off.
Also it’s not just China but many other countries with high Chinese population like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines too have good holidays.