Chinese New Year Festival
The most important Chinese holiday
The Chinese New Year is the most important festival for all Chinese people and is celebrated not only in China, but also in Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Singapore and by Chinese people around the globe. Described by the Chinese as the "Spring Festival", the Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the New Year according to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, which does not coincide with the New Year of the Western calendar. The Chinese New Year is celebrated on the second new moon after the winter solstice, i.e. between 21 January and 21 February.
The Year of the Pig
This year the New Year's Day fell on 5 February and heralded the year of the pig. The pig is at the 12th place of the Chinese zodiac signs and comes after the dog. This order is due to the following legend: The Jade Emperor decided that the order of the animals should be determined according to the order of their arrival to his feast. The pig slept and arrived last. Therefore the pig comes in 12th place.
Traditionally, the festivities last 15 days, with the first five days being the most intense. Officially in China these holidays are regarded as legal holidays. Highlight and conclusion forms another large celebration, the lantern celebration on the 15th day of the New Year celebrations.
Chinese New Year celebration@tk Aerospace
The New Year celebrations were also an important event for our colleagues in China. We are delighted to have received so many snapshots and say Happy New Year "Xin-Nian-Kuai-Le" or "Gong-Xi-Fa-Cai" again.