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The Origin of the Spring Festival

Updated: 2016-01-25


The Spring Festival, the beginning of Lunar New Year, (also known as the Chinese New Year), is the most grand, bustling and important festival with the oldest traditions, and an unique holiday for Chinese people, and the most centralized embodiment of Chinese civilization. Since Western Han Dynasty, the customs of the Spring Festival lasts until today. Generally speaking, the Spring Festival refers to the New Year’s eve and the first day of Chinese Lunar Year. While in traditional sense, Spring Festival refers to sacrifice ceremony on December 8th or December 23rd and December 24th, until the fifteenth day of Chinese Lunar Year, during which New Years Eve and the first day of Chinese lunar Year become the highlight. But how we spend holidays? Historically, it formed several fixed customs and rites for thousands of years, some still come down to us today. During the festival, the Han nationality and the majority of minorities will held all kinds of celebration activities, including sacrifice gods and Buddha, worship ancestors, remove old ideas and pursuit new ones, embrace good fortunes and blessings and seek for a good harvest in the coming year, and contents are abundant and colorful with strong ethnic features and styles.

 

On May. 20th of 2016, “Spring Festival” folk arts listed as the first batch of state-level intangible cultural heritages approved by the State Council.