Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Currently, I am celebrating the Chinese New Year, which is a 20 day celebration of the new lunar year. During this time, it is custom to visit and stay with the parent's family. On Chinese New Year's Eve and Day, Chinese people go to the dad's family to visit. On the second and third days of the Chinese New Year, Chinese people go to the mom's family to visit. 

 

On these days, all stores are closed so that people can travel home to visit with family. It is also possible that throughout the whole 20 day holiday, the business will only be open for a couple of days or for shorter hours than normal. For example, my host family took me to a Chinese bank during the new year, but we had to go to a different locaton of the bank because the normal location was closed. Instead of opening every bank, the bank only opened certain locations on certain days to allow their staff to have a holiday. It is also possible that stores will be closed a couple of days before the holiday starts so the store owner can beat the traffic when they return home. 

 

The Chinese culture is extremely family oriented. Therefore, culture dictates that everyone must return home to visit their familly during the holiday. This means that all stores will be closed the first few days of the holiday. Many more stores will be closed for the whole holiday. 

 

Another tradition during the Chinese New Year is to meet friends at a restaurant for dinner. Therefore, restaurants must be open starting the fifth day of the Chinese New Year. They will stay open late to accomodate all of the people who want to meet their friends in their restaurant. The restaurants also have large rooms with round tables for these get-togethers to be held in. When Chinese people go to meet their friends for a meal, they want it to be in a separate room than the regular dining area. This also helps the restaurant because Chinese get-togethers are long and very loud. By putting the get-together in a separate room with a door, the regular diners are not disturbed. 

 

Culture again dictates that restaurants need to be open and have these special rooms for larger parties to accomodate the Chinese New Year get-togethers. 

 

In America, restaurants also have rooms to accomodate large parties, but these rooms are larger and  there usually is only one or two rooms for larger parties. In China, there are tens to hundreds of rooms in each restaurant and each room holds about ten to fifteen people. Even with all of these rooms, restaurants are still packed and the rooms are always reserved. 

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Comments (9)

  1. dylanaudi2

    Is the Chinese New Year as popular or more popular than Christmas in America? I hope you’re having fun!

    February 18, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      The Chinese New Year is more popular than Christmas in America because every Chinese citizen celebrates it. In America, some people celebrate other holidays instead of Christmas. Although Christmas is very popular, I would have to say that Chinese New Year is more popular.

      February 18, 2016
  2. cameronweigand

    Besides celebrating with their family and friends are there any other specific activities that are common or you have seen people doing to celebrate the Chinese New Year?

    February 18, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      To celebrate the Chinese New Year people also wear new clothes, decorate with lots of red things like paper cuttings and Chinese knots, set off firecrackers and fireworks, and give red envelopes full of money to children.

      February 19, 2016
  3. tarafinah

    Hey Aspen this sounds amazing and fun! What type of restaurants have you been to and how different are they from America?

    February 18, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      Each restaurant specializes in a certain province’s type of food. For example, a restaurant specializing in Sichuan Province food will have a lot of spicy food. A restaurant specializing in Beijing area food will have roast duck. Restaurants are all family style meals in China. Many different dishes are brought out and everyone shares them. You just pick bite size amounts from the shared dishes and eat it. Although, most restaurants do give you your own plate so you could serve yourself some of the food and eat it off your plate, but Chinese people rarely do this.

      February 19, 2016
  4. alexdelpizzo

    Right now, our group is talking about social media in class and how China has a lot of regulations on their social media. During the celebration, have you seen people document the New Year through any type of social media site, and if that is the case then what types of apps are there and how are they similar or different from social media in America?

    February 18, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      Most Chinese social media that I have seen is chat based. There is also a portion of the social media that is used to share pictures of what you have done and things that interest you with your friends similar to Facebook or Twitter without the word count. The apps that I have seen most people using are qq and wechat. An interesting thing about Chinese social media is that rather than search for your friends, you can take a picture of a QR code that will take you to your friends profile easily. This makes it easy to make sure you became friends with the right person, since there are so many people using these apps.

      February 19, 2016
  5. laranosworthy

    Celebration always sound fun and interesting and I just love the celebration of New Year. It seems to bring good fortune and happiness in families. And looks like a charm. The best essay services review to write a lot about Chinese New Year.

    June 16, 2016