Happy Chinese New Year From Your Fellow Dragon

in china •  20 days ago

Happy Chinese New Year (新年快乐)from The Study Abroad Blog. The actual start of the Chinese New Year a.k.a. Spring Festival (春节) was the 23rd of January, but since it lasts for 15 days, I think I can say Happy New Year and still be in the clear for another 3 days. Knowing both that it’s the biggest Chinese holiday and that the Chinese do it bigger than we do any holiday in America, I was looking forward to my first Chinese New Year experience, and what an experience it was…

Spring Festival hasn’t changed all that much in modern times. Depending on when the holiday falls in the lunar calender, everyone heads home right around New Year’s Eve day. (And when I say home, I mean to their ancestral homeland somewhere in the vast reaches of China.)

– Eating Dumplings “Jiaozi”: Jiaozi is the traditional food for Spring Festival here in the north of China. Originally jiaozi referred to the moment “across midnight”. The Chinese name for the period between 11:00 midnight and 1.00 the next morning is called zi and jiao means “across”. The Chinese language involves a lot of play on words.

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