The Spring Festival - also known as Chinese New Year - is the biggest festival in Asia. It is a time to celebrate family and encourage good fortune for the new year. Fireworks light up the night sky, the sound of laughter and the smell of warm food fills the streets. Billions of people take a week off of work or school to enjoy spending time with family. We at Immortal Studios are proud to join the celebrations with a week of posts highlighting the best parts of the different Spring Festival celebrations across Asia!
Traditionally, the spring festival is a two- week celebration, but three days of the celebration hold the most excitement: New Years Eve, New Year’s Day and the Lantern Festival, which is the last day of the celebrations. Festivities begin on New Year’s Eve as families get together for a meal. Older generations will give red envelopes of money to younger ones, and employees might be given some from their employers as a New Year’s bonus.
Parties last late into the night, and then on New Year’s Day, people set off fireworks and make offerings for their ancestors. The day after New Year’s Day until the last night of the festival is a time for visiting relatives and enjoying the holidays. To end the Spring Festival with a bang, the Lantern Festival marks the end of the two-week celebration with a dazzling display of light. People enjoy tang yuan, a kind of rice ball soup, under displays of paper lanterns and fireworks. The Lantern Festival is also known as Chinese Valentine’s day, though the night’s romantic associations have faded over time.
New Year’s celebrations are a period of excitement for what the new year will bring and a period of celebrating one’s community. This year, 2022, is the year of the tiger. In China, the tiger is a symbol of strength and bravery, and is said to have the power to exorcize evil. Immortal Studios aspires to a year just like the tiger - with stories of strength and bravery. We at Immortal Studios wish everyone a happy new year and look forward to the exciting next steps the new year will bring.
by S. Howie
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