Happy New Year to you all and we hope 2019 be a prosperous, healthy and happy one. New Year on the Gregorian calendar is January 1st every year. Chinese New Year differs to that of the Gregorian calendar and this year, the date for celebration is February 5th.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is Chinas most important traditional festival. The date for New Year differs and is between January 21st and February 20th – whichever date starts with a new moon. The date for Chinese New Year is also decided according to the sun and is always 1 to 2 months after China’s shortest day of the year.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Chinese New Year is prepared for and celebrated for up to 23 days:
- Little Year (Jan 28th – Feb 4th)
Little Year is on 28th January and is traditionally a day of memorial and prayer ceremonies. Some of the main activities include cleaning and sweeping away bad luck. From this day until New Year’s Eve (Feb 4th) preparations are underway including decorating and cooking for New Year’s Day.
On February 4th (New Year’s Eve) families have reunion dinner which is the most important meal of the year and cook and eat all of their favourite foods and specialities. Children are handed red envelopes containing money and the family stay up until midnight to see in the New Year.
- Spring Festival (Feb 5th – Feb 15th)
The official celebration of New Year begins. Firecrackers are set off on News Years Day amongst neighbours who share greetings and blessings. From New Year’s Day until 15th Feb there is a celebration for specific animals, god or humans including: ‘The Day of the Rat’, ‘The Day of the Human’.
- Lantern Festival (Feb 16th – Feb 19th)
The New Year celebrations come to a climax with a Lantern Festival. A host of activities including poetry writing, dragon creation dancing and stilt performances mark the end of the festivities.
This Chinese New Year is the year of the Pig. The pig is the twelfth of the zodiac animals and their chubby ears and faces symbolises wealth in Chinese culture.
Promotional products for the Chinese New Year.
If your business is celebrating Chinese New Year with a party, mini festival or open day, add your company logo to some of our Chinese New Year themed promotional products to create further awareness for your brand.
We have a pig shaped stress reliever that’s a practical promotional product, with a purpose. They relieve tension and stress if you are at home or in the work place and are a popular item to giveaway at exhibitions.
For your work parties and open days we have a selection of promotional confectionery that can branded with your logo on the packaging or, your emblem can be molded into chocolate bars with a wrapper with Chinese New Year decoration on.
If you’re holding an event to celebrate Chinese New Year, gift bags with some goodies inside would be well received by your attendees. Branded paper gift bags with a selection of promotional items including pens, keyrings and wristbands are a great way to promote your company as the items will be used after the event is over.