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Keeping Lunar New Year Traditions Alive

Insight China January 20, 2022

By NewsChina Updated Apr.1

In modern society, some small cities in China still celebrate the Lunar New Year in traditional ways, making them popular tourist attractions. Langzhong in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province is thought to be the origin of the Lunar New Year, as an astronomer from Langzhong, Luoxia Hong, led the making of China’s first proper calendar more than 2,000 years ago. In recent years, many scholars have been amazed by well-preserved depictions of Lunar New Year celebrations on the old buildings there. In Yu County, Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, the Dashuhua tradition of throwing molten iron against a wall sending sparks flying – known as the poor man’s fireworks – was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2020. Wherever one spends the holiday, a big feast with hometown food is something that should never be missed.