METO factory Chinese Spring Festival holiday from Feb,10th to Feb 26th,2018
Chinese Spring Festival or the Chinese Lunar New Year, the new year of Chinese traditional calendar, is the most widely observed festival throughout the whole country. To the Chinese people it is as important as Christmas to people in the West. The dates for this annual celebration are determined by the lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar, so the timing of the holiday varies from late January to early February. To the ordinary Chinese, the festival actually begins on the eve of the lunar New Year's Day and ends on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar. The 15th of the first month, which normally is called the Lantern Festival, means the official end of the Spring Festival in many parts of the country.
Spring Festival is a time for family reunions, for visits with friends, for good wishes for the coming year. In addition, the whole family will eat dumpling together. On the first day of the Spring Festival, friends and relatives will call on each other to exchange greetings and wish another the happiest possible New Year.
Preparations for the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year begin the last few days of the last moon, when houses are thoroughly cleaned, debts repaid, hair cut and new clothes purchased. Houses are festooned with paper scrolls bearing auspicious antithetical couplet (as show on both side of the page) and in many homes, people burn incense at home and in the temples to pay respects to ancestors and ask the gods for good health in the coming months. Spring couplets and big character of "Fu", means "happiness", are displayed everywhere as a prayer for good luck.
Guo Nian," meaning "passing the year" in Chinese is the common name among the Chinese people for the Spring Festival. It actually means greeting the New Year. At midnight at the turn of the old and New Year, people used to let off firecrackers, which serve to drive away the evil spirits and to greet the arrival of the New Year. In an instant the whole city would be engulfed in the deafening noise of the firecrackers.
People often wonder why the date for Chinese New Year changes each year. The Chinese calendar is a combination solar/lunar calendar, based on a number of rather complex astronomical calculations, including the longitude of the sun. Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice (all months begin with a new moon).
It was in recent times that people called the New Year as the Spring Festival. Although China had conducted legislative reform for several times, Chinese traditional calendar was still applied, only after the Revolution of 1911, the Gregorian calendar had begun to be applied. For distinguishing two new years in Gregorian calendar and Chinese traditional calendar, additionally, the New Year in Chinese traditional calendar is around the Beginning of Spring, so people termed the New Year in Chinese traditional calendar as the Spring Festival.