CHINESE

NEW YEAR'S

EVE

除 夕

(Chú Xī)

Do You Know the Chinese New Year’s Eve?

In the solar calendar, New Year’s Eve refers to the last day of the year on 31st December. But for the Chinese people, their New Year’s Eve actually means the last day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, the date of which fluctuating based on the Chinese lunar calendar each year.

Take the year 2021 as an example. The Chinese Lunar New Year’s day falls on February 12th in 2021 and hence the Chinese New Year’s Eve of 2021 must be February 11th, the previous day before the Chinese Lunar New Year.

About the Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner

The day of Chinese New Year’s Eve is the legal public holiday belonging to the whole Chinese New Year’s Long Holidays. And when the Chinese New Year’s Eve comes, every family member will go back home or their home town to join in a big Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner for a family reunion. It’s one of the most important rituals for the Chinese to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year as well as enjoy the family happiness.

Keep reading to know more about Chinese New Year’s Eve traditions and other Chinese cultural knowledge related to the character “年 (nián)“. 😛

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The Chinese word for Chinese New Year’s Eve is a very concise word written as “除夕 (chú xī)“, consisting of only two Chinese characters. The first Chinese character “除 (chú)” means to get rid of and change, here indicating the old year will come to the end on this day and the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) will begin tomorrow. The second character “夕 (xī)” refers to the evening or night, and this is the reason that the Chinese word “除夕 (chú xī)” is sometimes also called “除夕夜 (chú xī yè)” emphasizing the night celebrations.

What’s more, there are more other Chinese words referring to the Chinese New Year’s Eve, like the popular “大年夜 (dà nián yè, Spring Festival’s Eve)” which is known correspondingly with another traditional festival named “小年 (xiǎo nián, Minor Chinese New Year)“, and the second “大年三十 (dà nián sān shí, Chinese New Year’s Eve)” means the 30th day in the Lunar December of the Chinese lunar calendar, and as well as “岁除 (suì chú, Last Year Passed)” which means the last year was passed and turning into the new one but nowadays it is seldom used verbally in China due to the ancient word-formation.

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