Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Quick Facts - EU

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2024 Date10 February 2024
2025 Date29 January 2025

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The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, symbolizes the onset of new beginnings, prosperity, hope, and good fortune. Commemorated with vibrant aesthetic displays, family reunions, auspicious meals, and traditional events, the festival embodies the blend of spirituality, temporal aspirations, and socio-cultural dynamics.

The origin of Chinese New Year dates back over 3,500 years and has evolved through dynastic periods, embracing regional and societal diversities. This shared cultural identity and expression resonate with those in the European Union because of the EU's commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion. With a significant Chinese diaspora in Europe, Chinese New Year has gathered recognition and familiarity, granting insights into this rich, millennia-old cultural heritage.

Across the European Union, Chinese New Year is observed with great fervour by Chinese communities, promoting cross-cultural exchanges. Cities like London, Paris, and Berlin host expansive street parades, showcasing traditional dragon dances, martial arts, and lantern displays. Cultural centers organize workshops and exhibitions, enriching understanding about Chinese art, culture, and traditions. These celebrations, however, vary in date annually according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, typically starting between 21st January and 20th February.

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Facts about Chinese New Year

  • Chinese New Year in 2024 will be the Year of the Dragon. In 2023 it was the Year of the Rabbit, and in 2022 it was the Year of the Tiger.
  • The names of the Chinese calendar are repeated every 60 years.
  • I wish you happiness that comes from within, the best of luck to keep you pushing and peace in all days of the New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai, Popular New Year song
  • The European Union and China have a strong and growing economic relationship, with China being the EU's second-largest trading partner.
  • For the European tourism industry, Chinese New Year is an important time to attract Chinese tourists, who are among the highest-spending visitors.

Top things to do in the EU for Chinese New Year

  • Clean your house. It is customary for Chinese to clean their homes in preparation for the New Year and the fresh start.
  • Get together with friends and create a long dragon on sticks. One person gets to create the head, and the others can create the long flowy tail. Remember to use bright colors.
  • Watch a film to learn more about Chinese New Year
    Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth - This is a BBC documentary.
    Once Upon a Bite - This is a Chinese documentary series that explores food from around the globe, which includes European cultures and could give insights into Chinese influence on global cuisine.
    Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry - A documentary about prominent Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, which provides insight into the life of a Chinese immigrant living in Europe.
  • Brussels Chinese New Year Parade: The streets of Brussels come alive with the sound of drums and the sight of traditional Chinese dragon and lion dances during New Year celebrations.

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