Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the grandest festival in China, with a 7-day long holiday. As the most colorful annual event, the traditional celebration lasts longer, up to two weeks, and the climax arrives around the Lunar New Year's Eve.
The Lunar Calendar follows the cycles of the moon. It is used to determine holidays that are celebrated in China that trace their cultures to ancient Chinese history. Farmers in many parts of the country are still using the lunar calendar to plan when to put the seeds in the ground for optimal harvests, based on the dates that are considered lucky, couples plan their weddings and millions around the world planned financial decisions big and small.
Once every year at the beginning of Chinese New Year, the nian comes out
Happy New Year in Mandarin Chinese is xin nian kuai le.
On behalf of all our Chinese program students and all the students from China, we're wishing everyone, 新年快乐.
If PTS students are interested in learning Chinese and Chinese culture, please contact Ms. Liu of our World Language Chinese program. Xiexie! Zaijian!
To view students' greetings in Mandarin, click here.
To view a video of Laura Furniss-Roe '22, a Chinese-4 Honors student singing "Reflection" for the Lunar Year Convocation, click here.