Chinese New Year is the longest national holiday in China known for its unique history, traditions, rituals, and fireworks.
2018 is the Year of the Dog and the celebration begins on February 16 and ends on March 2. The celebrations for the Chinese New Year are filled fireworks shows, parades, and eventful festivities.
Below are the top 10 interesting facts explaining why this holiday is so special!
1. Chinese New Year has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years. The start of Chinese New Year changes from year to year depending on the phases of the moon. The Chinese New Year lands on the first day of the lunar month and continues for 15 days, until the moon is full. Chinese New Year is also referred to the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival.
2. The color red has a very significant role in Chinese New Year celebrations.
Red is known to symbolize fire, which has been believed to prevent bad luck. Those celebrating the holiday typically wear red clothes, decorate their home with red décor, light off firecrackers wrapped in red, and older generations give money in red envelopes to the younger generations. This tradition known to be considered “lucky.”
3. Chinese New Year is based off of a 12-year cycle named after an animal. The 12 animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
4. Chinese New year is celebrated in China as well as several countries in Asia. The other countries include Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, North Korea, Taiwan, Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau.
5. Lighting firecrackers and fireworks is a popular tradition for celebrating Chinese New Year. China is home to the world’s fireworks industry and during the Chinese New Year festival, hundreds of thousands of fireworks and professional displays occur.
Fireworks are used to scare evil spirits, including Nian, the evil dragon who was believed to come out to eat villagers and destroy their houses.
After lighting off the firecrackers, the red paper that is from the remains of the firecrackers, is left on the ground for at least a day so that the good luck is not swept away.
During the Chinese New Year celebration, firecrackers have specific times to which they are set off.
Before celebrating dinner, many families light off the firecrackers to invite ancestors to celebrate the holiday together.
Once the clock strikes midnight on Chinese New year, firecrackers along with fireworks are set off to scare away the evil spirits and celebrate the New Year.
On the morning of Chinese New Year, families are known to set off
firecrackers and fireworks when they open the door to leave their house. This tradition symbolizes good luck from the very start of the New Year.
These specific rituals have been practiced year after year to show the significance of using firecrackers and fireworks during Chinese New Year.
6. It is the busiest travel period in China during the Chinese New Year. Everyone who celebrates Chinese New Year travels to be with their loved ones for the holiday. It is estimated that more than 3.5 million Chinese travel to return home for the celebration.
7. The Dragon dance is a traditional ritual dance that is believed to bring good luck.
8. During the Chinese New Year, the Spring Festival Eve TV gala by CCTV is the best-watched television show, with an estimated 800 million viewers.
9. Chinese New Year has been celebrated for over 3,000 years and was only cancelled once in 1967 during the time of the Cultural Revolution.
10. One of the most anticipated traditions during the Chinese New Year is the Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, which marks the end of the Chinese New Year. The importance of this festival is that it signifies the end of the Chinese New Year. It also occurs on the first full moon night in the Chinese calendar, symbolizing the reunion of family.
During the Lantern Festival, lighting and watching various lanterns (floating, fixed, held, and flying) is the main activity of the festival. The lanterns are seen from everywhere and they vividly demonstrate the traditional Chinese images, such as fruits, animals, people, flowers, and buildings.
Guessing lantern riddles is also another important tradition during the festival. Lantern owners write riddles on notes and then attach them to the lanterns. People then crowd together to guess the riddle in anticipation of guessing the correct answer to win a prize.
Celebrating Chinese New Year with fireworks has been a special tradition for many years and Phantom Fireworks has all the products you need to celebrate the holiday in style. We, here at Phantom Fireworks are proud to be part of the Chinese New Year tradition and have built a reputation for a great holiday, value and selection of consumer fireworks. Phantom Fireworks is proud to carry a special line of Chinatown All Red Firecrackers.
If you are planning on having a fireworks display make sure to consider including our red colored fireworks.
- 200 and 500 Gram Repeaters
- Aerial Tubes and Finale Racks
- Reloadable Mortar Kits
- Roman Candles
- Rockets and Missiles
- Reloadable Racks
If you are interested in using some of our smaller fireworks products, we also have a variety of items that you can choose from.
- Aerial Spinners
- Ground Spinners
- Sky Lanterns
- Smoke and Snakes
- Floating streamer poppers
Also, don’t forget to visit Fireworks University on fireworks.com for safety videos and tips before lighting off fireworks as well as checking with your local laws before purchasing or lighting off fireworks.
For more ideas on celebrating Chinese New Year with fireworks, check out our Pinterest page at https:/www.pinterest.com/fireworksdotcom/ and follow our Chinese New Year board!
We wish you a safe and Happy Chinese New Year!
– Phantom Fireworks