Chinese people follow two calendars. They use the Solar (Gregorian) calendar for daily life, and the Lunar calendar for festivals and holidays. The sun and the moon are not in synch, which is why Spring festival never falls on the same date twice in a row. This year it is on Feb 5. Spring festival actually lasts for 15 days, from the new moon to the full moon. Lantern Festival is the last day of Spring Festival and it occurs on the full moon. Spring festival is an occasion to spend time with family and friends, which is remarkably similar to the Western festivals of Christmas and New Years.
Chinese people have many special greetings during Spring festival.
|恭喜发财!||Gōng xǐ fā cái!||Hope you get rich!|
|新年快乐!||Xīn nián kuài lè!||Happy New Year!|
|春节快乐!||Chūn jié kuài lè!||Happy Spring Festival!|
|年年有鱼!||Nián nián yǒu yú!||May we have fish every year!|
By the way, follow this link for a $2 discount on the Feb 2nd Chinese Festival at the Oregon Convention Center