Celebrating Spring Festival is Deeply Rooted into Chinese Culture
Chinese people have considered the Spring Festival as the happiest day of the year for them, and one of the most important holidays they will encounter every year. During this time people are attending family reunions and a time to go home no matters how far the home is. This dedication is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture.
Chinese historians said that the first Spring Festival was celebrated in the Han Dynasty 2,000 years ago, since then the basic forms of the way the Chinese celebrate have changed a little. The Chinese considers the important cultural meaning of Spring Festival is the necessity to have family reunions during this time every year, although many ancient practices have faded still family reunions are still valued. With reunions in mind the festival became a unifying force in the Chinese culture.
The details of the Spring Festival celebrations changes, but the people constant pursuit of goodness in life still remains unchanged. The customs reflect the Chinese people’s desire for prosperity and happiness of the Chinese nation and their families. One thing for sure, even with the rapid modernization that incompatible to the current situation traditions and customs continues and the Spring Festival is still full of life.
The Spring Festival starts on the eighth day of the last month of the lunar year and last for five weeks until the Lantern Festival comes around. During this period people are busy doing chores and different tasks designated to them. Anticipation and hard work pays of when the family dinner comes around on New Year’s Eve.