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Sep 22, 2017
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CHUN JIE: SPRING FESTIVAL IN CHINA

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More listings for China (PR)China's Spring Festival is all about starting over and the Chinese go all out with their New Year celebrations. From bright lanterns to fireworks that light up the sky, a visit to China during Chun Jie is the best time to go!

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How many times do we find ourselves wishing for a new start? How often do you think you could have, should have, might have, but didn’t—and now you fear that it is too late? Chun Jie, or the Chinese Spring Festival is the longest and most important festivity of this country, and it is all about fresh beginnings.

Following the Chinese calendar (which is marked by the winter solstice), Chun Jie begins on the first day and ends on the 15th. To those not within the loop (ergo those not Chinese) this is an occasion marked by its signs and symbols—fireworks, red lanterns, the color red popping out everywhere, black inscrutable characters on red paper, the extraordinarily crowded airports and all public transportation; and the amazing street shows--the papier-mâché lion dance, dragon dance, the enigma behind the temple fairs, and the lantern festival.

What a spectacle, but even more amazing is what it all means. Fireworks and the lion dance are meant to ward off bad luck. The dragon dance embraces China’s past and present beauty, its delicate art and traditions. Temple fairs celebrate their faith. The mysterious black characters on red paper are a testament to their wishes. Finally, the red lantern festival and midnight fireworks are the finale to light the way to a new beginning. The symbols and celebration may overwhelm, but you would achieve less of your own possibility were you to fail to look behind the show.

Because Chun Jie is all about spiritual introspection, the battle of good and evil, reconciliation with one’s enemies, and renewed wishes for the future of themselves and everyone they love. To think, the Chinese do this every year. What we may more easily understand is how the celebration is joined with food, as are all happy traditions the world over. And the new clothes for everyone, plus the red envelopes with money for children are a little bit like Christmas.

It is also at this time of the Chinese calendar that everybody, near or far, goes back home to their families. What a communal celebration of family togetherness Chun Jie is. That is the story behind the packed public transportation—airlines, buses and trains. Chun Jie in this way is not unlike America’s Thanksgiving. In the West we celebrate continuity—Thanksgiving for life, and Christmas for the Giver of life. In China it goes one step further, and includes a yearly promise to be better than you were before. Your list of resolutions is hung on the many walls of the home, and that is why travelers know that this is the most interesting time to be in China. This is why many “out of the loop” are willing to pay the higher costs of travel, and brave the trouble and difficulty in booking plane and train tickets.

Do take time to experience Chun Jie. Everyone wants a new beginning, but in China, the wonderful gift of starting fresh garners an amazing, noisy, spectacular celebration that lasts for two weeks of every year.

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