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).
  • Food
    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.

Author: Sulh Ensemble

Sulh Ensemble is a group that plays intercultural music from the Silk Road, South and Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, and new compositions for ethnic ensembles based in the Greater Louisville/Kentuckiana region. Through concerts, collaborations, and outreach with dancers, composers, and musicians the group is constantly exploring global music genres. Many of the musicians of Sulh are active as teachers, producers, advocates, and practitioners of the arts of many music and dance traditions from around the world.