Happy New Year to all of our friends and colleagues!
Spring Festival, which most Westerners recognize as Chinese New Year, begins on February 19 this year and ends on March 5 in 2015. In fact the dates of the beginning and the ending always change. It marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and it’s one of the most important festivals of the Chinese people, dating back 4000+ years to the Shang Dynasty.
Usually you only have to greet people by saying Gong Xi Fa Cai the first time you see them in the new Chinese calendar year, and after that you can return to normal Chinese greetings.
Ever wonder why red is such a prominent color in Chinese New Year celebrations? Red is the main color of the festival, and you’ll find it everywhere, from lanterns hanging in the streets to red envelopes, a common gift which containing small amount of RMB presented during the Festival. The red color is a symbol of good luck and is meant to ward off evil spirits.