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Chinese New Year in United States of America 2021

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Chinese New Year is the first day of the new moon that occurs between January 21st and February 20th.

Chinese New Year is an annual holiday that is celebrated by over one billion people across the world. It is a holiday that is founded in myth, rich with history, and filled with tradition and festivities.

If you are unfamiliar with this holiday, that may be because you are used to hearing it called by another name; in modern day China, the Chinese New Year is referred to as the Spring Festival.

Chinese New Year is also often called the Lunar New Year, as it occurs on the date of the Chinese lunar new year.

Unlike nearly every other internationally celebrated holiday, the Chinese New Year is unique in that it is not unique to a certain date. Rather, the Chinese New Year is determined by the occurrence of the new moon.

Chinese New Year is a holiday that is steeped in mythology. Chinese New Year Day is called Guo Nian, which in Chinese, translates to ‘celebrate a new year’, and also, ‘overcome Nian’.

Nian is an ancient Chinese mythological monster with sharp horns who lived in the sea all year long and emerged on Chinese New Year to terrorize and eat people.

To avoid the torment of Nian, people would flee to the mountains on New Years Eve, then wait until an old man with white hair appeared in the village.

This man would overwhelm the monster Nian by burning bamboo and initiating a firework like response, gluing red papers onto doors, and wearing bright red colors.

Then the people returned and promised to follow the old man’s instructions in order to prevent Nian from ever returning.

This myth explains the occurrence of many modern Chinese New Year traditions.

Today, Chinese New Year celebrates new beginnings and the chance to start a new year over with freshness and good luck. It is a time to honor ancestors and gods, and celebrate fortune, happiness, luck, and longevity: it is very similar to the American version of the New Year celebration.

Traditionally, Chinese New Year was celebrated based upon the story of Nian. The celebrations would continue each year in accordance with the old man’s teachings: in order to prevent Nian from ever returning and terrorizing the villagers again.

Today, Chinese New Year is celebrated in order to acknowledge a deep, rich history and tradition, and to reset the calendar year and restore good fortune.

The Chinese New Year is the most important day of the Spring Festival, which is widely considered as the most important and largest festival and celebration in all of Chinese tradition and history. The Chinese New Year is often used as a synonymous term for the Spring Festival. The Festival is celebrated from the Chinese New Year up until the fifteenth day of the new year, which is known as the Lantern Festival.

The Chinese New Year’s meaning is deeply rooted in rich legends and myths, and included in many stories and traditions. But the modern day meaning of the Chinese New Year and the coinciding Chinese New Year Festival are very simple and straightforward, and are not that unlike the celebratory meaning behind the American New Year:

the main meaning of the modern Chinese New Year is to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work completed during the year gone by, and to take time to rest, relax, and enjoy time with family; and to wish and hope for a lucky and bountiful coming year. Chinese people traditionally believe that a good start to the new year will lead them to have a lucky and happy year, and that is why the Chinese New Year is so rich in celebration!

Today, as well as appreciating the past year’s work and hoping for a lucky and prosperous future, the Chinese New Year is a time to acknowledge and appreciate Chinese tradition, heritage, and history.

Chinese New Year is referred to as the Spring Festival.

Chinese New Year is also often called the Lunar New Year, as it occurs on the date of the Chinese lunar new year.

Chinese New Year means, quite literally, the Spring Festival, a time to celebrate family ancestors and worshipped gods. Chinese New Year signifies the change over from one year to the next on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar.

This holiday means that the traditional Chinese, lunar based calendar has concluded another year, and is beginning a new year, which means much celebration, practices of tradition, and wishing for good luck and health to all.

Chinese New Year is unique in the fact that it does not fall on a single, specific calendar date. The date of Chinese New Year is directly dependent upon the year itself and the cycle of the moon.

The first day of Chinese New Year always occurs upon the first day of the new moon that arises between January 21st and February 20th, also known as the change over date of the Chinese lunisolar calendar.

In China, Chinese New Year is recognized as a national holiday.

Chinese New Year is a legal observance in California, but not a federal holiday in the United States.

Chinese New Year is a legal observance in California, but not a federal holiday in the United States.

In the United States, school is in session as per usual.

In China, Chinese New Year is a national holiday, which means that government offices, schools, and many occupations go on break from the eve of the Chinese New Year to the seventh day of the new lunar year’s first month.

The post office runs as per usual, In the United States.

In China, the post office is closed on Chinese New Year, as Chinese New Year is a national holiday.

All the stock markets in the US are open includes: the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), National Association Of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (NASDAQ), American Stock Exchange (Amex), BSE, BEX, BOX, CBOE, CBOT, CME, CHX, ISE, MS4X, NSX, PHLX.

In the US it is a usual day. Every thing is open.

In China, schools, universities, government offices, city offices, post offices, bank offices, and some shops, malls, and businesses are closed on Chines New Year.

All is open because this is a usual day.

We love Chinese New Year because it is a time that helps guarantee our well being in the new, coming year.

It is a holiday that is rich in tradition, and reminds us of our ancestors, and our past. One such tradition is the pasting of spring couplets.

Spring couplets are poetry lines that people write upon red paper, which symbolizes good luck and happiness. This tradition was born over a thousand years ago, when people hung charms written on peach wood (taofu) from doors. This was due to the legend of the huge peach tree that supposedly stretched over 1500 kilometres across a mountain located in a ghostly world.

Two guards by the names of Shentu and Yulei guarded the entrance to the ghost world, located just northeast of this peach tree. The guards wood catch ghosts seeking to harm people and feed them to tigers, making all ghosts afraid of the two guards.

In order to scare evil away, people would write the two guards’ names upon a piece of peach wood and hang it from their door. Over the years, this tradition morphed to become the writing of good will upon lucky red paper.

In the same way, we find joy in gifting red envelopes during the Chinese New Year period.

According to ancient Chinese New Year legend, a demon named Sui joined the demon named Nian in order to cause sickness and mental illness to children. Legend has it that, in order to protect his children from Sui, parents once gave their children eight coins wrapped in red paper to play with. The child opened, unopened, wrapped and unwrapped the play things until he had made himself too tired even to fall asleep. The parents slipped the coins under his pillow and, when the demon tried to hurt the child, the coins glowed a strong light and chased the demon away.

This story birthed the tradition of gifting red envelopes as tokens of safety and good luck, which is a tradition maintained to this very day.

The Chinese New Year is rooted in the legend of Nian the demon, and his eventual riddance by the old man who refused to flee from the village. The Chinese people agreed to follow the wishes of the old man each and every year in order to ensure that Nian never again returned to torment them and their children.

The story of the demon Siu also lends itself to the history of the Chinese New Year in that it helped to determine some of the most beloved traditions that are still practiced to this day, such as the celebratory recognition of the color red, and the gifting of red envelopes as signatures of good luck and good health.

Chinese New Year is filled with relaxing and eating alongside treasured family members and friends. Chinese New Year is a night to stay up late and ring in the dawn of the lunar new year.

It is a time when red envelopes are gifted as symbols of well being and prosperity in the coming year; it is a time to view the traditional and majestic Chinese New Year parade, and enjoy the traditional dancing, music, and abundance of food.

Traditional Chinese New Year foods are foods that symbolize all the things the celebrators hope to encounter in the coming year: wealth, prosperity, happiness, love, and luck. These foods include noodles, dumplings, rice cake, spring rolls, and fish.

Chinese New Year Recipes are comprised of traditional foods that encourage good omens in the coming year.

he following is a traditional Chinese New Year recipe eaten often in China and in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Chinese Style Braised Pork Feet

Why pork feet?
Starvation has occurred many times in the Chinese history, leading to the development of inventive cooking techniques in order to remain well nourished and satisfied.


2 pork feet, chopped into 6 pieces each
1 chunk of ginger sliced thinly
1 chunk of ginger smashed roughly
3 dried chili peppers
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 star anise
3 cloves
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp Chinese Shoaling wine or Japanese sake
2 tbsp salt

Step-by-Step instructions:

  • Place pork feet and ginger in a large pot with water.
  • Bring the water to boil and let boil for approximately 3 minutes.
  • Discard the hot water and carefully wash the pork feet.
  • Put pork feet into pressure cooker.
  • Add water until meat is covered and cook on high until rated pressure is achieved.
  • Turn to low heat and cook for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Release pressure naturally and transfer port to wok.
  • Pour pork broth from pressure cooker into wok until pork is almost completely covered.
  • Add rest of ingredients and cook over high heat.
  • Once boiling, reduce to low heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. If broth thickens too much, add water.


The main ceremony of the Chinese New Year is the Reunion Dinner, which is commonly believed to be the most important meal of the year.

This meal brings Chinese families together in tradition, and encourages a time to relax and enjoy each others’ company and remember ancestors and deities.

The Chinese New Year is part of a large ceremonial Festival, the most important of its kind in China, known as the Spring Festival.

The Chinese New Year Parade is a fantastic spectacle of celebration of Chinese culture, history, and tradition. It is a colourful, joyous party of a parade that brings young and old together in hope and well wishing.

The parade often pays homage to the animal who is being featured that year.

The Chinese New Year Parade very often includes the dragon dance. Dragons are traditional symbols of China that are believed to bring good luck to people.

The inclusion of the dragon dance is meant to offer good luck to all who see it. The longer the dragon stretches, the more luck it is considered to bring to the community!

Dragon masks are often sported during the Chinese New Year festivities. This is because the dragon is a symbol of luck in Chinese culture.

There are a plethora of famous Chinese New Year Decorations. The top three most commonly seen are:

  • Red paper lanterns: These lanterns drive away bad luck
  • Door couplets: Words of good will written upon red material and hung upon doors, in tradition with the Siu stories.
  • Red paper cuttings of plants or animals that signify longevity, fertility, love, youth, or other wishes of good will.

One very traditional Chinese New Year gift is a basket of fruit. This is an easy to acquire gift that you can fill with a friend’s favorite fruits in order to personalize your present.

Another gift is a hongbao, or traditional red Chinese New Year envelope. These little packets are often filled with money, but to personalize your hongbao gift, you can slip a small drawing, or poem, or note card inside!

Blessings are popular prayers during the Chinese New Year. These blessings are often personalized in order to best fulfill the needs and wishes of those who use them.

A general idea of a blessing would be an offering of good will and expression of thanks to God, and the sharing of hope that the new year is filled with goodness and cheer.

The 2009 film Last Train Home was a popular indie film focusing on the Chinese New Year. It was a dramatic documentation of the way that the Chinese New Year transforms China’s villages and cities into a chaotic jumble as everyone struggles to commute home via train for the Chinese New Year.

There is a vast range of exceptional books that follow the theme of the Chinese New Year. One favourite is Chelsea’s Chinese New Year, a fun children’s book written by Lisa Bullard. The picture book is full of color and excitement and outlines the happenings of the Chinese New Year in a way that is both educational and exciting for children and adult alike!

Grace Lin’s The Year of the Dog is a Chinese New Year themed novel geared toward slightly older audiences. Readers follow the journey of an American-Asian girl trying to balance her two different cultures.

5 Chinese New Year Important Facts

  1. Celebrated on the first day of the new moon between January 21st and February 20th.
  2. Also called the Lunar New Year.
  3. Celebrated to prevent from the Nian to ever return and terrorize the villagers
  4. In China, Chinese New Year is recognized as a national holiday.
  5. One of the activities on the Chinese New Year is the relax alongside your family and friends.

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