NEW YEAER'S

EVE

新年前夕

(Xīn Nián Qián Xī)

How Do You Say New Year’s Eve in Chinese?

How many Chinese words for New Year’s Eve are there in China?

As we know, Chinese people will name the eve of Chinese (Lunar) New Year, which is the real New Year festival they actually consider the most, as “除夕 (chú xī)” in Chinese.

So to differ from that Chinese name as well as the festival, we could say the New Year’s eve in the solar calendar which will be celebrated around the world as “新年前夕 (xīn nián qián xī)” in Chinese, or as the Chinese word “跨年夜 (kuà nián yè)“, the latter getting more popular in recent years of modern China.

Is New Year’s Eve the Chinese Holiday?

Whether to be a public holiday or not as for New Year’s Eve in China, it depends on the public holiday arrangements of China’s YuanDan festival, the Chinese New Year’s Day festival. YuanDan festival is a fixed day that always falls on the first day of a year in the solar calendar, which differs from the actual Chinese (Lunar) New Year called the “Spring Festival”.

When the new year comes, people will have a three-day long weekend holiday absolutely including the 1st of January in China but the holidays’ starting and ending date are not fixed each year, which have to follow the public holiday’s arrangement.  😛

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From the brief introduction above, we could know the Chinese word for New Year’s Eve is written as “新年前夕 (xīn nián qián xī)“, a compound consisting of two Chinese words “新年 (xīn nián)” and “前夕 (qián xī)“. The first word “新年 (xīn nián)” equals the word “New Year“, while another “前夕 (qián xī)” means the “Eve“.

With regard to another substitution of “跨年夜 (kuà nián yè)“, it means the night when we spend and celebrate New Year’s Eve. The last Chinese character “夜 (yè)” means the night or evening, and the second character “年 (nián)” equals a year. The first character “跨 (kuà)” working as a Chinese verb means to stride over or across something, here indicating to stride over the old year and bring a new one.

Please note the Chinese word for New Year’s Eve as “新年前夕 (xīn nián qián xī)” and “跨年夜 (kuà nián yè)” are also available to describe the previous day of Chinese Lunar New Year (Spring Festival), in the case equivalent to “除夕 (chú xī)“. So be careful with the context.

跨年夜

(Kuà Nián Yè)

"New Year's Eve"

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