Spring Festival v.s. New Year
Have Your Heard of Spring Festival or Experience any Celebrations?
Some people may get confused about the Spring Festival with New Year’s Day which is called YuanDan and written as “元旦 (yuán dàn)” in Simplified Chinese.
And others may have already known that the Spring Festival is a big day for all Chinese around the world. Not only that, the Spring Festival is actually the “REAL” New Year worth celebrations in their mind and means a lot to the Chinese. Any days before the Spring festival, even in January, are still considered as “old” days belonging to the last year.
Spring Festival and Legal Holidays
Spring Festival is the Chinese lunar new year festival celebrated by the Chinese since ancient times. It is set based on the Chinese lunar calendar, so the days of the Spring Festival are always fluctuating in the solar calendar. But it usually falls on days between the second half of January and the first half of February.
As the Spring Festival comes, people usually will have at-least-8-day long holidays which start from the eve of the festival, which is called “除夕 (chú xī)“. Keep reading to know more about the Chinese Spring Festival. Enjoy. 😛
? MORE THOUGHTS ON SPRING FESTIVAL
Spring Festival is a translated word transcribed from the Chinese language into English by similar meaning. But in fact, it is not accurate enough to describe the largest traditional Chinese festival by using the Spring Festival. The word “Spring” just literally equals the Chinese character “春 (chūn)” which mainly refers to the spring season but is unable to convey more meaningful cultures and traditions this festival stands for. Instead, using the terms like “Chinese New Year” or the more accurate “Chinese lunar new year” is much better for others to understand this festival quickly and further can differ from the Common New Year (based on the solar calendar) celebrated by the majorities worldwide.
Back to the Chiese word for Spring Festival “春节 (chūn jié)“, the second character “节 (jié)” here refers to the word “festival” in English. Thus, we could combine it with other characters and guess the meanings like “节日 (jié rì)” equivalent to festival day or the festival holidays. What’s more, one word with many different meanings is very common to see in the Chinese language. So “节 (jié)” also means the section, joint, node as a noun, such as “关节 (guān jié, the joint)“, or as a verb means to save or to economize something, such as “节约时间 (jié yuē shí jiān, save time)“, or even as a measurement quantifier means a section of something, such as “一节竹子 (yì jié zhú zi, a section of bamboo)“, and etc.
（ Chūn Jié ）
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