8 Quick Facts You Didn’t Know About Chinese New Year Besides Dragon Dances and Fireworks

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Chinese New Year is just days away as it begins on 5 February 2019 and celebrated by a quarter of the world’s population. But there are also many myths and unknown things about the holiday, so Nexter.org decided to tell you more about this fantastic holiday. 

1. Locals don’t call it Chinese New Year

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In China, the festivities are known as spring festival or – the new year is determined by the lunar calendar. And the Chinese aren’t the only ones who observe it.

Moreover, Vietnam and other countries celebrate .

 

2. Traffic is chaos

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In China, the Spring Festival travel rush period (chunyun) is the country’s, if not the world’s, biggest season of human migration.

With commuters and migrant workers returning home, the government expects about three billion journeys to take place this year.

 

3. It’s not just one day

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lasts 15 days. It’s an action-packed holiday – you can bet on horse races, watch parades, bargain in bazaars and fight for prime worship spot at the temple.

 

4. It’s a season of superstitions

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During LNY, you live like a college student on the first day – which means no showers, laundry or cleaning. Above all, there’s no taking out the trash – doing so is said to wash away your luck and prosperity.

On the seventh day, it’s time to party in celebration of everyone’s birthday.

 

5. You can rent a boyfriend

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can be rough for singles, especially females. Many family reunions are highlighted by dreaded interrogations of singles who haven’t settled down.

Various Chinese websites have offered fake boyfriend/girlfriend rentals, so parents and relatives can finally stop nagging.

 

6. Firecrackers are for scaring away monsters

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Legend says the half-dragon, half-lion monster “Nian” comes out of hiding and attacks people (especially children) during the .

His weakness? Sensitive ears. In the old days, people would light bamboo stalks on fire to frighten the monster. Nowadays, you can watch spectacular fireworks display along the Hong Kong waterfront or play with firecrackers in a Beijing hutong.

 

7. Wearing red is critical

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Red is associated with luck and prosperity, but it’s used mainly for protective purposes. In addition to being spooked by loud noises, “Nian” is frightened by the color red, which explains all the red you see on decorations.

 

8. It has its own movie genre

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China and Hong Kong have a film genre called “hesuipian” devoted to . The films are usually illogical, uplifting comedies, with a focus on families and happy endings to make viewers feel warm and fuzzy. Similar to Christmas movies, really.

Holiday favorites include the “All’s Well, Ends Well” series (the 1992 classic stars Stephen Chow and Maggie Cheung), “Fat Choi Spirit” and “It’s a Mad Mad World.”


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