Why the Chinese New Year Is Called Spring Festival?

Unsure why an event typically happening in winter is called ‘Spring Festival?

Our team member, Junyu Li, sheds light on the origins of the name:

Li Junyu:

The Spring Festival is the largest and most important festival in China. It has a history of more than 4,000 years. Like all Chinese traditional festivals, the date of the New Year is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar, which has 24 solar terms every year in accordance with the changes of nature, stipulating the proper time for planting and harvesting. The first day of the first solar term is Lichun (the Beginning of Spring), which cannot always fall on the first day of the year as in the Western Gregorian Calendar. The Chinese New Year falls usually around the Beginning of Spring, marking the end of winter and the beginning of the spring season; thus, it is also known as the “Spring Festival”.