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The Spring Festival (Video) Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Culture, Vocabulary

The Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is China’s longest and most important holiday. This festival has a history going back thousands of years, and there are tons of interesting customs and traditions associated with it. Learn more about the Spring Festival while learning a lot of useful Chinese vocabulary with this video.

春节 – chūn jié

Spring Festival


黄金周 – huáng jīn zhōu

Golden Week


商代 – shāng dài

Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 BC)


年 – nián



鞭炮 – biān pào



红色 – hóng sè



过年 – guò nián

pass the year


春运 – chūn yùn

Spring Festival rush


福 – fú

good fortune


福倒了 – fú dào le

“fu” is upside-down


福到了 – fú dào le

good fortune has arrived


除夕 – chú xī (FIRST TONE!!)

New Year’s Eve


年夜饭 – nián yè fàn

New Year’s family dinner


饺子 – jiǎo zi



年糕 – nián gāo

New Year cake


年年有余 – nián nián yǒu yú

Have leftover/extra every year.


年年有鱼 – nián nián yǒu yú

There is fish every year.


春节联欢晚会 – chūn jié lián huān wǎn huì

Spring Festival New Year Gala


相声 – xiàng sheng



红包 – hóng bāo

red envelope


生肖 – shēng xiào

Chinese zodiac


蛇年 – shé nián

Year of the Snake


恭喜发财 – gōng xǐ fā cái

congratulations and be prosperous


新年快乐 – xīn nián kuài lè

Happy New Year


春节快乐 – chūn jié kuài lè

Happy Spring Festival

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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.

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