Chinese New Year

Three girls peer over the pew in church in China.

China’s new anti-Christmas campaign leaves citizens celebrating in secret


Christmas is approaching but instead of feeling joyful, many in mainland China have expressed frustration over China’s ideological campaign against Christmas as a Western festival.

Smoke in front of a man, with remnants of firecrackers on the ground

Why a medical interpreter was surprised to see Vietnamese immigrant patients at California hospitals around Lunar New Year

Kelly Wong is one of the lion dance instructors at the New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club. Originally founded as a fraternal society, the Freemasons were among the first troupes in Chinatown to train women to lion dance.

In New York’s Lunar New Year parade, women are breaking barriers as lion dancers

A red envelope is given out during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Liverpool, England, on February 22, 2015.

LGBT couples turn a Lunar New Year tradition into a plea for acceptance

Children look at a light display for Chinese New Year outside Kuala Lumpur.

Chinese New Year should be a big deal for me. It’s not, and I feel guilty

Opening up a box of imported cherries.

In China, imported fruit is the must-have luxury item for the new year


Chinese New Year begins next week and all across China people are getting ready. It’s a time for visiting friends and relatives. Throughout the country, people stock up on fruit to eat at home with family and to give as gifts. These days, Chinese shoppers are opening up their wallets for a particular luxury item — imported fruit.

Hongbao packet

China’s traditional New Year’s gift of cash for children now has a digital option

Lifestyle & Belief

When families get together for Chinese New Year, one of the cherished traditions is giving and exchanging hongbao, red envelopes with cash. Rebecca Kanthor recently visited her husband’s family in China’s Henan province and learned the intricacies of these obligatory gifts.

CCTV Spring Gala image

China’s ‘Super Bowl’ of TV — its New Year’s spectacular — disappoints the masses

Arts, Culture & Media

Known as Chunwan, the New Year’s variety show typically draws hundreds of millions of viewers. But when it aired on January 30, 2014, it seemed long on propaganda and short on entertainment, disappointing nearly 60% of Chinese, according to a survey.

Chinese New Year Earns Stamp of Approval

For the Chinese, this Lunar New Year  marks the Year of the Snake, a creature of the Chinese Zodiac that embodies  gracefulness, materialism, and intelligence. Brooklyn-based illustrator  Kam Mak’s work can be seen in the Postal Service’s commemorative stamp for this Chinese New Year. It’s a beautiful image of fireworks, common to the Lunar New Year celebrations of […]

Almanac: Chinese New Year

This week we have facts about Chinese New Year. Before the start of every year, the streets of Taiwan are lined with more than lanterns and ribbons.