Spring Festival: The Most Important Festivals Of The Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China. It is a festival celebrated by Chinese people all around the world and it has a very big cultural significance for them. According to Mooncakes and Hungry Ghosts: Festivals of China, it is the “most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals” (Stepanchuk & Wong, 1991). The Chinese New Year is also considered as the grandest and the longest festival in China, with the celebration lasting up to 15 days.
Marjorie Gorman described Chinese New Year as “the first day of the lunar calendar and usually occurs somewhere between January 30 and February 20, heralding the beginning of spring, thus it is known as Spring Festival” (Gorman, 2001). It is a movable feast, depending on the date when the new moon appears. It follows the lunar calendar, in which the appearance of the new moon begins the first day of lunar month. This traditional festival also serves as the time for reunion. Families gather together to celebrate thank for the ending of the year, and to celebrate the future. It is a celebration of family, closeness, and wishes for future luck and prosperity for all members of family. It is the time of the year wherein families, friends, and relatives alike pay respects to the gods and spirits, and welcoming the year through rituals that could ensure luck and good fortune for their families.
It has been celebrated by China for about 4,000 years. Originally, the holiday can be traced

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