The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is a public holiday that allows the Chinese to reunite with their families and at the same time celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year is always celebrated on the first day of the lunar year. For example, the Chinese New Year 2024 celebrated on 10 February. According to the Gregorian calendar, the holiday usually falls in January or February.
|2022||February 1||Tuesday||Lunar New Year/Spring Festival|
|2023||January 22||on Sunday||Lunar New Year/Spring Festival|
|2024||February 10||on Saturday||Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year|
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Chinese New Year in Indonesia
Indonesia is a country famous for its multiculturalism. Most of the Indonesian population are non-Chinese Muslims. However, the Chinese New Year is still an important holiday in Indonesia. The Chinese New Year 2024 will start on 10 February.
Before the Lunar New Year/Spring Festival celebrations begin, many markets around the Indonesian Chinese community will be open. These markets usually sell fireworks, clothing, toys, and gifts. It is a traditional Chinese custom to give gifts to relatives and friends during the Lunar New Year.
The most popular traditional Chinese New Year customs
Among them, one of the most popular traditional Chinese New Year customs is the non-pai Hongbao. In most cases, red envelopes are given to children by elders. In addition, it is quite common for married couples to give red envelopes to unmarried family members. The red envelope contains money, and the amount in the red envelope is usually a number that indicates good luck.
On the eve of the Lunar New Year/Spring Festival
On the eve of the Lunar New Year, all Chinese family members will gather in one place to reunite. When each family member arrives, everyone will share a sumptuous meal. Indonesian Chinese usually combine traditional Chinese delicacies with local Indonesian delicacies in this meal to celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year.
|2021||February 12||Friday||Chinese New Year|
|2020||January 25||on Saturday||Chinese New Year|
|2019||February 5||Tuesday||Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year|
|2018||February 16||Friday||Lunar New Year/Spring Festival|
|2017||January 28||on Saturday||Lunar New Year/Spring Festival|