Little New Year (Chinese: Xiaonian), usually a week before the lunar New Year, falls on Feb 1 this year. It is also known as the Festival of the Kitchen God, the deity who oversees the moral character of each household.
The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Major Cold (Chinese: 大寒), the 24th solar term, begins this year on Jan 20 and ends on Feb 4.
Chinese New Year is around the corner and on Feb 8 Chinese people will reunite with their faraway families, welcoming the New Year together. Let us take a look at what is suitable and what is not.
Ten recommended delicacies to add to your New Year's menu for the special food traditionally served during the upcoming Chinese New Year.
Aside from eating laba congee, people in northern China will make a special snack to serve during the upcoming Spring Festival, laba garlic.
Feb 8 marks the start of the Year of the Monkey. And people born in the Year of the Monkey are often believed to be smart, flexible and ambitious, and can adapt to the changing environment quickly.Many celebrities were born in the Year of the Monkey. We chose 12 of them from China and abroad.
Chinese New Year is celebrated on a different date each year but is always somewhere in the period from Jan 21 to Feb 20. Why don’t Chinese have a fixed day for their most important festival?
China Post issued a series of special stamps, "New Year Greetings", on Jan 10, 2016. The stamp has one piece in one set, and the nominal value is 1.2 yuan.
With the upcoming Year of the Monkey on Feb 8, 2016, Just Share It - Happy Chinese New Year the global online photo contest is being launched all over the world. Chinaculture.org invites people to share their photos of Chinese New Year celebrations.
The submission deadline is Feb 29, 2016. The top 100 photos (single or group) will be grouped into first, second and third levels and another 100 photos (single or group) will be shortlisted from the submitted works. All the 200 final selections will be paid 5,000RMB, 3,000RMB, 1,000RMB and 500RMB respectively.
The island of Jersey in the English Channel, an autonomous dependency of the British crown, is among the first to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Year of the Monkey, with the release of a stamp issue on Jan 5 designed by Beijing illustrator Wang Huming.
Chinese netizens are excited by the upcoming "Horse month of the Monkey year" based on the lunar calendar, leading many to joke on social media.
Minor Cold is the 23rd solar term of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms. It will last from Jan 6 to Jan 19, 2016. For most areas of China, it marks the start of the coldest days of the year.