1. The exact date of the holiday “floats” from year to year from January 21 to February 20

2. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. Yes, it is still far from it, but on the dates of the celebration, the Chinese welcomes spring and celebrates the end of the coldest days

3. The Spring Festival, which begins on the first day of the new year, was originally a ceremonial day. Chinese prayed to the gods for a good planting and harvesting season

4. In addition to prayers, it was customary to fight off monsters on New Year’s Eve. For this purpose, fireworks and petards were set off. This tradition has survived to this day. Pyrotechnics scares away monsters and bad luck in the coming year… And in the morning it is used to greet the New Year and good luck.

5. Many Chinese cities have restrictions on the use of firecrackers for safety reasons. True, residents ignore prohibitionsand pyrotechnic shows can last up to 2 weeks.

6. Dragons, lanterns and red decorations are also designed to scare away monsters and misfortunes.

7. In the second half of January, “spring migration” begins in China. Young people working in big cities returns massively to the periphery… Since the most important New Year’s tradition is family reunification, every family member should return home for New Year’s Eve dinner.

8. The holiday lasts two weeks. The first five days, most of the stores in China are closed, and some do not open until the end of the New Years celebration

9. On the holiday taboo list: cleaning the first five days of the new year, going to the hairdresser in the first week, using scissors and sharp objects… You can’t swear, argue, talk about illness and death, and break things.

10. Every day of the holiday it is customary to eat dumplings. They resemble ancient Chinese coins in shape. The more you eat, the more likely you are to get rich.… But contrary to misconceptions, dumplings are not popular in all Chinese regions. In southern China, egg spring rolls and glutinous rice balls in soup are preferred.