Spring Festival Golden Week holiday for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Friday, January 21st. There are until the next observance.

Spring Festival Golden Week, which usually coincides with Chinese New Year and takes place between late January and mid-February, is observed this year from January 21 to January 27. The festivities continue until the Lantern Festival on the 15th of the New Year.

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📆 When is Spring Festival Golden Week holiday?

This year, Spring Festival Golden Week holiday falls on the 3rd Friday in January; in 2023, it is on Saturday.

Countdown to Spring Festival Golden Week holiday

Did you know: Those in North China eat dumplings to symbolize riches, whereas people in South China bake cakes and send pieces to friends and family to wish them a successful year.

📜 History of Spring Festival Golden Week holiday

The Chinese New Year, like many other spring festivals in the region, is a time for family and ancestor worship, as well as honoring and praying to key deities. In preparation, people clean their houses to sweep away the bad luck from the previous year and make room for better luck in the New Year.

Emperor Yao, one of the fabled Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors, is credited with founding the Chinese New Year. People have honored the day he ascended to the throne as the start of the year ever since.

The story of the beast known as “Nian,” sometimes known as “Xi,” is a classic folktale concerning Chinese New Year and its celebrations. The beast was rumored to be a terrible entity that ate people, particularly youngsters. As the villagers ran into hiding, an old man told them that he would get his retribution.

Nian was terrified as the old guy set up red paper and firecrackers. As a result, when the people emerged from concealment, they saw that nothing had been harmed. Since then, people have donned red near New Year’s Day and set off fireworks to keep Nian at bay.

☑️ Spring Festival Golden Week holiday facts

The first day is for deities
Chinese people first greet the deities, then honor their close family members, particularly the family elders.

Children are given red envelopes containing money
Married people bless their children with money to safeguard them from the trials of the next year.

The second day is a deity’s birthday
People go to the temples of the deity Che Kung to pray, particularly in Hong Kong, where the deity is most revered.

The last day is another festival
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✨ Things to do on Spring Festival Golden Week holiday

Find a celebration in your area
Go to your local Chinatown and immerse yourself in the decorations, cuisine, and overall revelry. Wear something red!

Clean up your house
Cleaning your home of any residual bad luck from the previous year is a terrific way to ensure that you’re ready for the new year and all the good fortune it may offer! What exactly are you waiting for? Start sweeping!

Visit a temple the night before
Light some incense and ask the deities for their good wishes for the new year. You’d have the certainty of a successful year with it.

📅 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday Observances

2023 January 21 Saturday
2024 January 21 Sunday
2025 January 21 Tuesday
2026 January 21 Wednesday
2027 January 21 Thursday

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