Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in China. This year, Chinese New Year lands on January 25, the Year of the Rat. The most important part of this holiday is reuniting with family, giving gifts and celebrating with fireworks.
Chinese New Year is tied to the lunar calendar, dating back as early as the 14th century under the Shang Dynasty. The calendar is divided into 60 lunar cycles, then further divided into five smaller cycles of 12 years where each year is assigned a Chinese zodiac. Spring Festival begins with the new moon and lasts around 15 days until the full moon arrives.
In ancient times, during the 15 days, firecrackers were used to scare away evil spirits. Today, firecrackers and fireworks are a notable tradition to express happiness and invite good luck.
The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year and welcomes the first full moon. Throughout the night, people will set off red fireworks, signifying happiness, wealth and prosperity, and send red lanterns floating into the sky.
Every year, billions of fireworks burst over China making it the largest display in the world. It’s believed that the first person to set off fireworks at midnight of the New Year will receive good luck.
Phantom Fireworks offers a variety of red fireworks and loud firecrackers to celebrate your Chinese New Year. Find a Phantom showroom near you to stock up now!