Celebrate Chinese New Year 2016
The Chinese New Year of 2016 falls on February 8th (Monday), and the festival will last to February 22nd, about 15 days in total.
As an official public holiday, Chinese people can get seven days’ absence from work, from February 7th to 13th.
Originating during the Shang Dynasty (17th – 11th century BC), the festival used to be observed to fight against the monster “Nian” who liked to eat children and livestock. The monster was afraid of red color and loud sound. Therefore, people decorated their houses in red and set off firecrackers to expel it.
Being one of the traditional festivals, it is the time for the whole families to reunite together, which is similar with Christmas Day to the westerners.