This year, Chinese New Year is on Jan. 23, 2012. Chinese New Year is one of the most important Chinese holidays. In China, it is called the Spring Festival. It begins on the first day of the first month of the traditional Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th day.
Each day is celebrated in a different, significant way: including dinners, gifts, worship, and dancing. The celebration ends on the 15th day with the Lantern Festival. Rice dumplings and soup are eaten this day, and lanterns are lit outside the homes to guide spirits home.
Happy New Year! Happy Chinese New Year, that is. January 23, 2012 marked the first day of the celebration known as the Chinese New Year, and the festivities will continue for 15 days, until the first full moon. Many Asian cultures including China, Thailand, and Singapore celebrate the festivities by having parades, ceremonies, and fireworks. It is the most important and celebrated holiday in the Asian culture, and it ushers in the new lunar year of the Chinese calendar. Each Chinese lunar year is associated with an animal of the Chinese zodiac.
January 23rd marked the first day of the Chinese New Year, a 15-day celebration of hope, renewal, and good fortune. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the year of the Dragon, the 5th of 12 symbolic animal signs. If you were born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, or 2000, your sign is the mighty dragon.