BANGOR – Most people know about the Chinese New Year, but many don’t know that it’s based on the lunar calendar, and other Asian countries also celebrate the holiday.
John Bapst Memorial High School exchange students from all over Asia gave WVII/WFVX the details.
“We show our gratitude to our elder parents, our grandmothers, grandfathers,” said Ahn Tran, an exchange student from Ha Noi, Vietnam. “We pray for a better new year. We want to have a good start. We just, you know, get together and celebrate. It’s just like family time.”
“In Hong Kong, we celebrate by visiting older relatives,” said Aristo Fung, a twin with fellow freshman Arabella Fung. “We visit our grandmas.”
Arabella said relatives and friends also give out lucky coins in red pouches.
“It’s a pretty big event in China,” said Tian Qui, an exchange student from Anhui, China.
He added, “We have lots of ways to celebrate. Like we have these [red] balls usually we have lights inside of them and we will put these on at night. It will be, you know, amazing.”
He said the county is decorated in yellow gold and red, which are lucky colors.
“I am so looking forward to this,” said John Hoang, an exchange student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
He added, “You get to get out, going to see your friends, you’re relatives and having fun. I really like it.”
The Chinese New Year of 2020 is not just one day. The lunar new year falls on Jan. 25th — this Saturday — and the festival lasts until Feb. 8, or about 15 days.
In Vietnam, the holiday is known as the Tet and typically lasts seven to nine days and is the biggest festival of the year.