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The Spring Festival is fast approaching, and millions upon millions of people in China are in a mad rush to get home to celebrate. Trains are packed, the dumplings are ready, and hong bao are stuffed with lucky money for lucky kids. It’s a chaotic and exciting time in China as we get ready to ring in the Year of the Dog on February 16. Read up on this important holiday in our great compilation of “10 Posts for Spring Festival.” After all that reading, you can sit back and enjoy Spring Festival in videos.
We’ve had a couple of videos on Spring Festival through the years. Here are a few of my favorites:
There’s a lot to do when getting ready for Spring Festival. In the run up to the New Year, people decorate their house, stock up on fireworks, and prepare a massive dinner. It’s an exciting time full of food, family, and firecrackers. The festive celebration winds down on the 15th day with the Lantern Festival.
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. Check out some highlights from our time celebrating Spring Festival in a Chinese village in this short video.
On the 15th day of the first lunar month, the Spring Festival comes to an end with the Lantern Festival, known as 元宵节 in Chinese. Parks all over the country light up with elaborate lanterns, such as the Grand View Park in Kunming, Yunnan.
YouTube is a treasure trove of great videos about Spring Festival. I’ve done the work of searching through them and picking out a few of the best for your viewing pleasure:
This video from GBTimes is a great intro to Spring Festival. It’s in English with Chinese subtitles, so it’s a great way to practice your reading skills as well.
CCTV teaches you a few Spring Festival traditions in this short and sweet video. It’s only a minute long, but you learn a bit of Chinese vocabulary.
This action-packed animated video from the History Channel teaches you a lot about the Chinese New Year in a short amount of time and is highly entertaining.
Another excellent animated video comes from Panda Express TV (yes, that Panda Express). While they may not be known for making the most authentic Chinese food, they sure did a great job on this video!
HowStuffWorks always presents informative and entertaining content, and they did just that with their guide to Spring Festival. You’ll be an expert on this Chinese holiday after watching this one!
Finally, here’s a look at how the CCTV New Year’s Gala kicked off last year. This nearly 5-hour show is full of singing, dancing, acrobatics, comedy, and so much more. It’s a huge part of the Spring Festival experience and is actually considered the world’s most watched TV program.