Definition of Chinese New Year in English:

Chinese New Year


  • The Chinese festival marking the start of the new year, beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon fifteen days later. It is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving.

    Also called Spring Festival
    • ‘The first day of Chinese New Year starts on the New Moon closest to spring.’
    • ‘Chinese New Year is traditionally a time to spend with your family, where you give presents, dress up and eat special food.’
    • ‘New Year's Day on 1 January is observed in addition to the traditional Chinese New Year.’
    • ‘"The whole spirit of Chinese New Year is that people want to pay off their debts, clean their house to drive out evil spirits and spend time with their family."’
    • ‘The company also made a point of having festivities on the Chinese New Year.’
    • ‘The Chinese New Year usually falls in January or February, and its traditional Malaysian celebration involves the closing of businesses for two days, parades, and dances.’
    • ‘Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in the Chinese year; it is governed by the lunar calendar.’
    • ‘During Chinese New Year, "lucky money" is packed into small red envelopes and given to unmarried relatives, especially youngsters.’
    • ‘This Chinese New Year is the year of the goat, and is the perfect excuse to have a dance and listen to some of the finest music in the Northern Rivers.’
    • ‘In some traditional families, the elders sometimes wear traditional Chinese formal clothes to greet guests on Chinese New Year's Day.’
    • ‘I was amazed during the Chinese New Year to see thousands of people line up for hours, waiting their turn to enter the Buddhist temple located on the street behind my apartment building.’
    • ‘Even in Chinese New Year, only the unmarried are eligible to receive red envelopes.’
    • ‘Donald is in need, then, of an infusion of cultural pride, which his family tries to provide by using the occasion of the Chinese New Year to remind Donald of the importance of Chinese mythology.’
    • ‘At the time of this viewer's visit, the Chinese New Year was being celebrated on the museum's lower level, decorated with brilliant paper lanterns and streamers.’
    • ‘Gather your family together for this most important and sumptuous meal of the year on Chinese New Year's eve.’