The Spring festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people, just like Christmas in the west. all people want to go home together with family, becoming the busiest time for transportation systems of about half a month from the Spring festival. airports, railway stations and long-distance bus stations are crowded with home returnees.
The Spring festival falls on the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, often one month later than the Gregorian calendar. it originated in the Shang dynasty (c. 1600Bc-c. 1100Bc) from the people’s sacrifice to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.
Strictly speaking, the Spring festival starts every year in the early days of the 12th lunar month and will last till the mid 1st lunar month of the next year. of them, the most important days are Spring festival eve and the first three days. The Chinese government now stipulates people have seven days off for the Chinese lunar new year.
The 23rd day of the 12th lunar month is called preliminary eve. at this time, people offer sacrifice to the kitchen god. now however, most families make delicious food to enjoy themselves.
After the preliminary eve, people begin preparing for the coming new year. this is called “seeing the new year in”.
Store owners are busy then as everybody goes out to purchase necessities for the new year. materials not only include edible oil, rice, flour, chicken, duck, fish and meat, but also fruit, candies and kinds of nuts. what’s more, various decorations, new clothes and shoes for the children as well as gifts for the elderly, friends and relatives, are all on the list of purchasing.
Before the new year comes, the people completely clean the indoors and outdoors of their homes as well as their clothes, bedclothes and all their utensils.
2016 Spring Festival Plan: 2016.02.01-2016.02.15 total 15 days. Any question please contact Sherry Chen, Tel: 86 13510271993 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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