The Chinese New Year Has a Global Impact as Millions Travel to China for the Celebration!
Hundreds of millions of people across China have been celebrating the arrival of the New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival – the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. People from all over the world travel to China to celebrate, and it’s considered the largest annual migration on a global scale. It’s celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, and is the longest festival of the year. It traditionally runs from Chinese New Year’s Eve on the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. The first day of the New Year falls between January 21 and February 20. In
The economic impact of the holiday is global and even larger than the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. Approximately 46.3 million make trips made during the Thanksgiving holiday. In China, around 2.8 billion trips make over the Chinese New Year. The holiday retail and restaurant expenditure in the U.S. is approximately 50.9 billion, and is nearly 100 billion in China. The TV viewership in the U.S. is 32 million, and in China it’s nearly 700 million!
The Chinese New Year celebration is centuries old and is very significant because of the tradition involved. It is celebrated in every country and territory with large Chinese populations, including Chinatowns in the U.S. Canada, and elsewhere. It’s the major holiday for China and all its geographic neighbors.
Regional customs for the celebration of the Chinese New Year vary. Usually, it’s a time for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also tradition for every family to thoroughly clean the house in order to sweep away ill-fortune and make way for good luck in the coming year. Homes are decorated in red with themes representing “wealth” and “longevity”. There are fireworks, dragons, lion dances, money given away in red envelopes and more!
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