Happy Chinese New Year 2018
We hope, for those who celebrate it, you have a Happy Chinese New Year! Come celebrate the Spring Festival with Sulh tomorrow at our performance of Chinese Music to Zhang Shichuan’s “Romance of a Fruit Peddler” 掷果缘 at the Ogle Center in New Albany, Indiana!
About the Chinese Spring Festival
: Spring Festival (春节—chūn jié)
The original name for this day was Yuán Dàn (元旦), with Yuan meaning “the beginning.” However, Yuan Dan is now used to refer to the New Year of the solar calendar.
- Lunar date
January 1st (正月初一—zhēng yuè chū yī)
- Solar (Gregorian) date
February 16th, 2018
- Activities & traditions
Firecrackers start off a day of greetings and blessings between neighbors. There are no specific activities other than celebrating the New Year. The ancient Chinese record and analyze the weather, stars and moon to predict the fortunes of the year. The practice is known as zhàn suì (占岁).
In addition to food from last night, people can also celebrate with Tu Su wine (屠苏酒—tú sū jiǔ).
- Superstitions & beliefs
It is forbidden to sweep or clean on this day, else good fortune will be swept away.