Are you looking for a different kind of adventure in the next month or so? You might want to head on over to China to join them in celebrating the Spring Festival, which is also more popularly known as the Chinese New Year.
We all know about the Chinese New Year, which is determined by the lunar calendar instead of the Gregorian Calendar. As a result, the date of the festival varies from year to year and falls somewhere in late January or early February. There is no doubt about it, this is the single most important holiday in all of China and for Chinese all over the world. This year, the festival begins on the 26th of January and will end 15 days later. This is called the Lantern Festival.
As early as now, the people in China are already preparing for the New Year. In fact, CCTV International reports that millions of people are already booking tickets, especially at railway stations, to get ready for the trip to their respective hometowns or wherever they are celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Preparations for the festival include thorough cleaning of their houses, paying debts, cutting hair (good luck!), and buying new clothes. The Chinese New Year is steeped in superstition and prayers to various gods.
Even if you are not Chinese by descent, the Chinese New Year is something else to experience. And if you cannot make it to China for the festival, you should consider looking for the nearest Chinese New Year celebration – there is bound to be one within traveling distance.