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Chinese /Lunar New Year

This is a celebration within the Confucian, Daoist and Buddhist faiths.

Chinese or Lunar New Year, known in modern Chinese as the "Spring Festival", is an important Asian festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Asian calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. In 2017, the first day of the Chinese / Lunar New Year is on Saturday, 28 January, initiating another year of the rooster.

The New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Chinese / Lunar New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong (officially as Lunar New Year),Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mauritius,and the Philippines. Chinese /Lunar New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours.

Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese /Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese /Lunar New Year's Day is an occasion for families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

Chinese /Lunar New Year is celebrated every year on campus.  Contact the Chinese Society or the International Office for more information


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