Spring Festival Words—春节用语
春节The Spring Festival
正月lunar January; the first month by lunar calendar
除夕New Year's Eve; eve of lunar New Year
初一the beginning of New Year
元宵节The Lantern Festival
过年Guo-nian; have the Spring Festival
对联poetic couplet: two successive rhyming lines in poetry
春联Spring Festival couplets
年画New Year paintings
买年货special purchases for the Spring Festival ; do Spring Festival shopping
敬酒propose a toast
灯笼lantern: a portable light
爆竹firecrackers (People scare off evil spirits and ghosts with the loud pop.)
红包red packets (cash wrapped up in red paper, symbolize fortune and wealth in the coming year.)
舞狮lion dance (The lion is believed to be able to dispel evil and bring good luck.)
舞龙dragon dance (to expect good weather and good harvests)
杂耍variety show; vaudeville
灯谜riddles written on lanterns
灯会exhibit of lanterns
Spring Festival is the most distinctive traditional festival in China.
It marks the end of the old year of the lunar calendar.
People will bid farewell to the cold and monotonous winter and welcome the vibrant spring.
The Spring Festival is also called "kainian", "kaisui", "Fangsui", "Huasui" and so on. Among many titles, "New Year's Day" is the most common and the longest.
During the traditional festival of the Spring Festival, the Han nationality and most ethnic minorities in China hold various activities to celebrate.
Spring Festival generally refers to new year's Eve and the first day of the first month.
In the traditional sense, the Spring Festival refers to the period from the wax sacrifice on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month or the sacrificial stove on the 23rd or 24th day of the twelfth lunar month to the fifteenth day of the first lunar month.
It is the most solemn traditional festival of the Chinese people. It also symbolizes unity, prosperity and new hope for the future.
According to records, the Chinese people have celebrated the Spring Festival for more than 4000 years. It was raised by Yu Shun.
The Spring Festival has different names in different times. In the pre Qin period, it was called "Shangri", "Yuanri", "gaisui", "xiansui" and so on.