Since Chinese New Year is right around the corner, let me tell you 10 Interesting Facts you probably didn’t know about Chinese New Year… Until NOW…..
- Chinese New Year Often Falls on a Different Date
Chinese New Year has no set date and is different year-by-year according to the Chinese lunar calendar. This means that it occurs in a different month each year and can fall between January 21st and February 20th on the western Gregorian calendar.
- It All Began with the Evil Nian Monster:
According to legend, “Nian” (“Year” in Chinese) was the name of a vicious monster that hunted villagers during New Year, so people finally discovered the monster’s two weaknesses, 1) the color red and 2) loud noises. Since then, it has become a New Year tradition to hang red papers or banners on the door and light firecrackers to frighten away the monsters and celebrate a new beginning in their lives.
- A Whole Fish Dish is a MUST on New Year Even, but there is a caveat….
You must prepare a whole fish for dinner on Chinese New Year Eve. However, you must only eat a small portion and save the rest for the next day, which will be New Year’s Day. This is because the word “fish” sounds exactly like “surplus / leftover” in Chinese. So by having a fish from one year to the next symbolizes that you will always have more than you need..
- Time to Eat LOTS of Dumplings
Do you like dumplings? Well, I do. ^_^
In fact, dumplings are one of the most important Chinese New Year foods. Because they resemble ancient Chinese gold and silver ingots, which represent wealth. As a result, in order to build up wealth, you should consume as many dumplings as possible.
Q: So.. What’s your favorite dumpling flavor/filling? Leave a comment below and let me know.
For me, our homemade pork dumplings with chives and shrimp are my all-time personal favorite. Making dumplings with friends and family is a fun activity to do during Chinese New Year.
- Non-stop Firecrackers begins when the clock strikes 12
Just like Cinderella, everyone will be holding their breath, counting down to midnight when the clock strikes 12. And at that precise moment, clusters of thunderous firecracker sounds will be heard all over, signaling the start of the Chinese New Year celebration.
However, be sure to double check before you are ready to setoff that firecracker as in some countries or cities, there is a firecracker ban for the sake of safety and environmental protection,
Anyway, I’m sure you already know the answer to this by now:
Q: What do Cinderella and Nian Monster have in common?
A: They are both terrified of midnight when the clock strikes twelve. DUH.
- Who Does Not LOVE Red Envelopes?
Those who are already married usually give it to their children or younger unmarried relatives during Chinese New Year as a sign of good fortune and blessing for the coming year. And honestly, counting money from the red envelopes had to be the most exciting thing I looked forward to during Chinese New Year as a little girl.
- The Celebration lasts 15 and 1/4 days long
The new year is determined by the lunar calendar and typically, the Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 and ¼ days, beginning with the Chinese New Year Eve dinner before the lunar January 1st and ending with the lantern festival on the 15th day.
This also means that many businesses and restaurants may be closed during Chinese New Year, particularly during the first five days. Some factories may even close for the entire two weeks so that their employees can return home and celebrate the new year with their families.
- Nowadays, Singles can hire fake boyfriends/girlfriends to meet their parents
I always wonder why there are so many fake contract marriage K-Dramas these days. Well, it turns out they are not that far from the truth. Nowadays, Singles often can hire people to act as their dates in hopes to stop these non-stop questions from the worrying mom and those nosy relatives.
- The Chinese New Year is the world’s largest migration
Remember that amazing animal migration/stampede scene in The Lion King? This is the Super Size version of that. In fact, Chinese New Year is the world’s largest human migration. Every year, billions of Chinese travel from all over the world to be with their families for the celebration.
- Every Chinese New Year is associated with a zodiac sign
The zodiac animal changes every 12 years and it is believed that people have different personalities and compatibility depending on which zodiac year they were born in.
In fact, I’ve written a book on Chinese Astrology that can be found on Amazon and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see the forecast for your sign in 2023.
By the way, if you were born in January or February, you may have a different zodiac sign than you thought. In fact, 90% of what was on YouTube and the internet was false. Anyway, I plan to make a video about how to determine your zodiac sign correctly, so subscribe and stay tuned.
Anyway, those are the ten interesting Chinese New Year facts you probably didn’t know. I hope you learn something interesting and fun. If you like this, please like and subscribe because it will be a great encouragement to me. Furthermore, please leave a comment below and let me know if you have any other interesting facts or Chinese New Year stories to share..
I’d like to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year, and most of all, a healthy and joyful future.