Here’s some basic facts to get started with, like how long Chinese New Year is, when it’s celebrated and why you might need some Pampers when travelling in China.
- The date for Chinese New Year varies from year to year based on the lunar cycle. It always falls sometime in January or February.
- The whole holiday actually lasts fifteen days.
- The most important day of Chinese New Year is Chinese New Year’s eve and the first day of Chinese New Year – traditionally the day for the Chinese New Year parade. People in Hong Kong will take two or three days off work, in China up to a week.
- It’s estimated that a sixth of the world celebrate Chinese New Year, including more than 1 billion Chinese citizens.
- Chinese New Year is the world’s largest human migration as Chinese workers travel home to their families.
- In 2010 an estimated 210 million hit the planes, buses and trains – the equivalent to the whole population of Brazil packing their suitcases. In China, where much of the migration takes place, it’s been claimed that trains are so overcrowded that people wear diapers for their +24hr journeys home.
- The world record for most texts sent in a day is broken each year during Chinese New Year. The current record stands at 19 billion.
- Depending on who you listen to, Chinese New Year in 2011 is either 4709, 4708, or 4648 and we still don’t have flying cars or hover skateboards.
- Chinese New Year isn’t only celebrated in China. In Vietnam, Singapore and some other Asian countries, they also celebrate the “Lunar New Year” as well as in Chinatown’s around the world.
- Always a country that likes the supersize option, China currently holds the record for the world’s largest organized fireworks display. On Chinese New Year’s eve fireworks are let off all over the city and it’s believed to be the biggest non organized fireworks display on the planet --- and each year it only gets bigger.
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