China

Through the Seasons / Four Festivals

Spring Festival and Lantern Festival

Spring Festival begins a new lunar year and ends fifteen days later on the evening of the Lantern Festival. Some customs are regional, while others are common throughout China. Couplets written on red paper and strings of red firecrackers adorn Chinese homes. Families enjoy elaborate feasts at round tables. Adults give children red envelopes filled with money for good luck. As more Chinese move into cities, the return to rural hometowns for Spring Festival has become the largest annual human migration in the world.

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Four Festivals