It's that time of year for us~ We are excited to bring to you an article illustrating the importance of the Chinese New Year to us. Several of you have mentioned an interest in learning more about it, so we wanted to write something to help clarify! To begin, we should note that the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the Spring Festival -- So if you see us interchange the words, you know why~ 😋
Happy Chinese New Year!
The Spring Festival is a multi-day celebration that involves many different steps!
Before the festival, many families enjoy cleaning to help bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new year. 2018 is the year of the Dog 🐕, so expect dog themed decorations! As well, the reunion dinner is considered by many to be the most important dinner of the year, bringing together generations of families to laugh, enjoy food, and cherish each other's company. You can see a clear emphasis on family interaction. Often, family members will travel all around China to reunite and spend these precious moments with one another again.
In America, many teachers enjoy watching the famous New York Time Square Ball and will stay up late. In China, many families will stay up late as well during the Spring Festival to watch the Spring Festival Gala! Finally, this is the festival where the famous red envelopes are exchanged. Red envelopes are thought to bring good luck and often contain money inside. 😇
You may have seen fantastic displays of firecrackers and dragon dances, combined with street fairs full of cosplaying dancers. This is all a part of the experience! For many Asian countries, the Spring Festival is the largest gathering year-long. And, it's not exclusive to China -- In fact, you may find many different countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, or Vietnam celebrating (although with slightly different names~).
When you bring it all together, it looks a little like this:
|Notice the theme colors and decorations? And also our amazing teachers, too? 😍|
Participation isn't exclusive, either!
You can participate from home by making red colored paper-cuts to decorate doors and windows! You could even try to make some of your own red envelopes, and maybe begin a tradition in your family, too.
When we exchanged envelopes and letters with our teachers from the Qkids Camp High5, it was a fun, enjoyable experience and it looked a little like this:
We have attached a video URL from our Facebook group that our teachers from the Qkids Camp High5 worked with us to make an amazing video. Please watch at your leisure! (Qkids Chinese New Year Video)
All in all, the Spring Festival is an incredible time to interact and connect with family, friends, and even coworkers. For many it is the one time of the year that worries can fade away and happiness can be embraced. Did you know that the Chinese New Year is the longest festival on the Chinese calendar?
If you're curious to learn more, you can find out many fun facts about the Spring Festival from websites like SoftSchools. They break down the complexities and make it easy to read in case you're interested.
From all of us here at the Qkids team, we wish you a fantastic holiday season, a terrific Valentine's Day, and an amazing Chinese New Year!
- The Qkids Family