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China Celebrates the New Year

By Matthew Shore
January 12, 2009

chinese_new_yearChinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important holiday in China. It is also celebrated internationally in areas with large numbers of ethnic Chinese where it is sometimes referred to as Lunar New Year. Legend has it that the festival began when a mythological beast Nian (literally ‘year’), who preyed on people the night before the beginning of each new year, was finally subdued and driven into the woods. Red lanterns and other decorations were displayed to keep Nian from returning, as red was the color most reviled by the beast. The term Guo Nian, which literally means “survive the Nian”, became the Chinese equivalent of “happy new year”, as the word guo also means to pass over and observe. The custom of putting up red paper and lighting firecrackers to scare away Nian continues to this day.

This year’s festival begins on January 26 and runs for fifteen days, heralding the beginning of the year of the Ox. Traditionally there is a long run up of thorough cleaning and decorating to bring good luck for the year ahead, with the night itself being celebrated with fireworks, food and presents.

Move One offices in China will closed from January 25 thru January 31, but operating on both Saturday, January the 24 and on Sunday, February 1. Customs will be closed from January 24 until January 31. For this reason it is strongly recommended that import shipments arrive before the following dates January 11th (LCL), January 15 (FCL) and January 21 (Air) to avoid any delays or extra charges. For more information, please contact Ryan Hall at or Alexandra Wassenhoven at

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