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14 Feb, 2021

Chinese New Year: Fun Facts!

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China's most important festival. It is time for the big families to be together. In 2021, Chinese New Year festival falls on February 12. It is the Year of the Ox according to the Chinese zodiac, which features a 12-year cycle with each year represented by a specific animal.

Want to know more about the ritual of Chinese New Year? These are some fun facts!

Firecrackers = No More Bad Luck

So many people stay up on Chinese New Year’s Eve and set firecrackers at midnight to scare off monsters and bad luck. In the morning, firecrackers are used again to welcome the new year and wish for good luck.

Rent-a-Boyfriend / Girlfriend

Passing down the family name is important in the Chinese culture. Thus, pressure to get married and give birth can be overwhelming. Therefore, some desperate singles will hire a fake boyfriend or girlfriend to take home during CNY.

No Cleaning Day

Sweep, throw out garbage, mop, scrub, dust, vacuum, steam - do all of these to have your home clean before the stroke of midnight on the Chinese New Year eve. During the D-Day, it becomes a taboo since it may sweep away the good luck.

The Lucky Food: Chinese Dumplings

Legend said: The more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you make in the upcoming New Year.

No Medical Action

To avoid being sick for the entire year, do not take any medicine, brew herbal medicine, visit the hospital or see the doctor, and perform a surgery on the first day of the Chinese New Year.

No Sharp Objects Allowed

Do not use scissors, knives or other sharp objects. Sharp objects in general will cut your stream of wealth and success. This is why 99% of hair salons are closed during the holidays.

Chinese New Year: the Largest Human Migration in the World

The most important part is the family reunion. Everyone should come back home for the New Year’s Eve dinner.