Capodanno cinese, also known as the Chinese New Year, is a major traditional holiday in China and other countries with a significant Chinese population, such as Singapore and Malaysia. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. The exact date of the holiday changes each year, as it is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, but it typically falls between January 21st and February 20th.
The Chinese New Year celebrations typically last for 15 days, and are marked by a variety of customs and traditions. Some of the most popular traditions include:
- Cleaning the house: Many people thoroughly clean their houses in the days leading up to the New Year, as it is believed that doing so will sweep away bad luck and make way for good luck.
- Decorations: Red lanterns, banners, and other decorations are commonly used to decorate homes and streets during the New Year celebrations. Red is considered to be a lucky color in Chinese culture.
- Family reunions: The New Year is a time for families to come together and celebrate. Many people travel long distances to be with their loved ones during this time.
- New Year’s Eve dinner: On New Year’s Eve, families traditionally gather for a large feast to celebrate the end of the old year and the start of the new one.
- Fireworks: Fireworks are a big part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. They are typically set off at midnight on New Year’s Eve to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck.
- Giving red envelopes : Adults usually give “red envelopes” filled with money to children as a sign of good luck.
Overall, the Chinese New Year is a time for families to come together, celebrate and wish for good luck in the coming year.