CHINESE NEW YEAR
January 25, 2020 will be the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. It is the most important holiday in China and millions of people will travel to reunite with their families and have the traditional "dinner".
They will clean their homes of last year's dirt to make way for New Year's happiness and good fortune (Fu 福). Usually all Chinese have 7 days of vacation, schools close as well as some factories. From New Year's Eve ( 除夕 Chúxī), which this year falls on January 24th until the famous Lantern Festival ( 元宵节, yuánxiāo jié) which is Saturday 8th February, 16 days of holiday will turn China into a huge red cloth, a symbol of good luck. But also red lanterns and decorations (always red) for the doors of the house and the windows of public places.
This year in China is the Year of the Mouse and, therefore, the decorations will also be themed. It is known that the Chinese are very superstitious and even or especially in this period there is no lack of calls for good luck and luck. For the New Year's Eve dinner, for example, the Chinese family gathered together will eat, among other things, fish because according to tradition it is a harbinger of money and luck in abundance, ravioli, spring rolls and tangyuan (sweet balls made with glutinous rice flour).
Always to wish luck and prosperity, the Chinese will exchange gifts and, almost sure, it will be a "hongbao", that is red envelopes with money inside (a symbolic figure). It is not a New Year's Eve worthy of the name if the firecrackers are missing: the louder the sound of the explosion, the luckier the New Year will be. But beware, you don't have to go to China to live this holiday to the full: every Chinese community around the world organizes its own New Year's Eve. We have chosen: