Feb 14th 2010: Chinese New Year on Valentine’s Day
According to Chinese calendar, this year, Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is on February 14th, the same date for western Valentine’s Day. Theoretically, these co-incidences should happen every 19 years on average, but the next Spring Festival/V-Day won’t come until 2048, which is 38 years later.
young lovers are facing a dilemma
Now Chinese people especially young lovers are facing a dilemma:
Chinese New Year is (still) the most important holiday for Chinese people. It’s a day for family gathering. Valentine’s Day is becoming increasingly popular among young people. Young couples prefer to spend a romantic day by themselves.
How to choose between the two?
In an online survey held by chinanews, more than 70% people think Chinese New Year is more important than V-Day, and 54% says they will choose to stay with family.
About 27% people say they will get both by bring over partner to their family. And only 4.5% say they will only spend the day with their partner.
For businesses, the florists are predicting a hard time this year. Usually, V-day is the best selling day for florists because of huge demand on roses. However, this year, Chinese New Year might impair their businesses.
On one hand, lots of people will leave the big cities where they work back home in small cities or go out for a family vacation. There would be much less demand. On the other hand, shipping carriers won’t work fully during these days, so the delivery will be affected too. As a result, most florists have less rose inventory but more traditional holiday flowers like Carnation and Lily.
New Year post series
I will start a post series to talk about the traditions of Chinese New Year, including food, activities, events, arts and crafts, etc. Welcome to share your Chinese New Year experiences with us in the next couple of weeks.