Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a joyous time marked by tradition and celebration. In 2024, this festive occasion ushers in the Year of the Dragon, commencing on February 10th.
This cultural celebration operates on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, differing from the widely used Gregorian calendar. Universally recognized as the Lunar New Year, it embraces various East Asian cultures, encompassing Koreans, Vietnamese, Tibetans, and more.
During this period, many universities take a month-long break, but at China Admissions, we remain open, ready to assist you in your application journey. You can apply on China Admissions or book a call with us. You can also learn more about the process for students to come to China here.
About the Chinese New Year of the Dragon
The essence of the Chinese New Year lies in family reunions. Families gather for a special meal, featuring symbolic dishes like dumplings, fish, and chicken. The custom of exchanging “hongbao” or red envelopes filled with money signifies good fortune.
Preceding the festival, preparations include cleaning and decorating homes for good luck in the upcoming year. Festivities include temple fairs, lion and dragon dances, parades, and the customary use of firecrackers to ward off evil spirits.
The Year of the Dragon is known for its association with leadership, bravery, and success. Individuals born in this year are often driven to achieve their goals, making them successful in their pursuits.
Extend your New Year greetings with phrases like “xin nian kuai le” (happy new year) and “gong xi fa cai” (congratulations on your prosperity). Gifts such as sweets and oranges symbolize good luck.
This vibrant celebration extends beyond China, embraced by countries with significant Chinese populations, such as Singapore, and Malaysia. Western cities increasingly host their own Chinese New Year celebrations.
How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese
Here are some Chinese words and phrases that you can use to talk about Chinese New Year and wish people a happy Chinese New Year:
- 新年 (xīn nián): new year
- 过年 (guò nián): to celebrate the new year
- 春节 (chūn jié): Chinese New Year
- 除夕 (chú xī): New Year’s Eve
- 拜年 (bài nián): to pay New Year’s visit to someone
- 贺年 (hè nián): to wish someone a happy new year
- 吉祥 (jí xiáng): auspicious, lucky
- 幸福 (xìng fú): happiness, good fortune
- 健康 (jiàn kāng): health
- 快乐 (kuài lè): happiness
- 恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái): “congratulations and prosperity” – a common phrase used to wish someone a happy new year and financial success
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Join us in embracing the Year of the Dragon and make this Chinese New Year a memorable and prosperous one! Apply now and secure your spot at top Chinese universities.
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