Chinese Spring Festival 春节


Chinese Spring FestivalChinese Spring Festival (春节 chūnjié), also called Lunar New Year, has more than 4,000 years of history. Being one of the traditional Chinese festivals, it is the grandest and the most important festival for Chinese people. It is also the time for the whole families to get together, which is similar with Christmas Day to the westerners. Originating during the Shang Dynasty (about 17th - 11th century BC), Spring Festival, which celebrates family reunion, is full of rich and colorful activities, and hopes with the advent of spring and flowers blossoming. People from different regions and different ethnic groups celebrate it in their unique ways.

Common Greetings and Sayings for the Chinese New Year:

新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè means: Happy New Year

过年好 Guònián hǎo means: Happy New Year, 过年 guònián means: passing a year

恭喜发财 Gōngxǐ fācaí means: Wishing you prosperity and wealth

As seen on Chinese zodiac calendar, 2014 is going to be the Year of the Horse. This will begin on the 31st of January 2014 and will end on the 18th of February in 2015.

Greetings and Sayings for Chinese Year of HorseChinese Spring Festival Activities

龙马精神 Lóng mǎ jīngshén means: The spirit of the dragon and horse

马到成功 Mǎ dào chéng gōng means: Instant success ('horse to success' — usually success in an examination, presentation, negotiation, or competition)

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