Chinese New Year and Lunar Calendar

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What determines the date of the first day of Chinese New Year?

The lunar calendar and nature changes in spring

How many years does the Chinese astrological calendar's repeating cycle consist of?

12 years

According to legend, why did the Rat become the first animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle?

It rode on the back of the Ox and jumped down first

How do Chinese families prepare for Chinese New Year in terms of cleaning their homes?

Doing a thorough cleaning to remove bad luck

What are Spring Couplets that are used to decorate doors and windows during Chinese New Year?

Short poems expressing wishes of happiness, wealth, and longevity

What is the significance of Red Envelopes during the New Year festival?

They are filled with good luck money and given by parents to children.

Why did the old man come to rescue the people from Nian?

He was a god in disguise and had a plan to trick Nian.

What did the old man instruct the people to do to scare Nian away?

Put up red decorations on windows and doors.

What did the old man convince Nian to do instead of devouring the villagers?

To eat other ferocious monsters.

Why do Chinese people set off firecrackers during the New Year festival?

To create a loud noise that scares away Nian.

Learn about the Chinese New Year, which is based on the lunar calendar and the changes of nature in spring. Discover how the date of the first day of the lunar New Year can vary between January 20 and February 19, and how each astrological animal symbol represents a year in a 12-year repeating cycle.

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