Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, which means the first day of the Season of Spring. Traditionally, Chinese people call the New Year "Nian" (pinyin: Nián), and "Guo Nian" (pinyin: guò Nián) is commonly used to refer to the act of celebrating the arrival of the Chinese new year. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the lunar calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the lunar calendar.

The 2024 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Dragon. The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China and other Asian countries. During this festive season, people engage in various traditions and customs, such as cleaning their homes to ward off bad luck and setting off fireworks to symbolize a fresh start. The streets are adorned with vibrant red lanterns and decorations, creating a lively and bustling atmosphere. Additionally, sumptuous feasts are prepared, with traditional dishes like dumplings and fish symbolizing prosperity and good fortune for the coming year.

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2024 Chinese New Year Celebration Day

Chinese New Year is the time for family reunions and friends gathering to share our joy and count our blessings. For this purpose, the Missouri State University (MSU) Office of China Programs and Department of Languages, Cultures, and Religions are hosting a Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday, February 9th, at Siceluff Hall 124. There will be themed events from our MSU Chinese students, scholars, alumni, and friends to showcase Chinese New Year celebrations.

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2024 Chinese New Year schedule