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Celebrating Spring Festival in a Village Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Culture

All around China, families are gathered together to celebrate the Spring Festival. There’s a massive feast, dragon dances, plenty of red envelopes, the CCTV New Year’s Gala, and more fireworks than you can imagine.

CNY in Xiaohe.

While we were living in Kunming, we had the pleasure of ringing in the Chinese New Year in our friend’s village of Xiaohe. Check out some highlights from our time celebrating Spring Festival in a Chinese village in this short video:


  • Spring Festival (春节 – chūn jié)
  • Xiaohe (小河 – xiǎo hé)
  • New Year’s Eve dinner (年夜饭 – nián yè fàn)
  • firecracker (鞭炮 – biān pào)
  • fireworks (烟花 – yān huā)
  • make New Year visits (拜年 – bài nián)
  • nearby/next to (旁边 – páng biān)
  • The men play cards. (男人打牌 – nán rén dǎ pái)
  • The women chat. (女人聊天 – nǚ rén liáo tiān)
  • drinking games (喝酒游戏 hē jiǔ yóu xì)
  • dance (跳舞 – tiào wǔ)
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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Teagan Perry:

    Hi Sasha! I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts! I am from the U.S. traveling to China this summer to complete an internship through a program at my University. I’m still in search of where I should intern, but reading your posts and seeing how beautiful a lot of the areas are really helps! Have a great New Year!

    • sasha:

      @Teagan Perry Thanks for the comment, Teagan, and thanks for reading! You’re spoiled for choices in China – it’s a massive country with every kind of environment you can imagine. Good luck and keep studying Chinese before you go!

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