Besides China, what other countries celebrate Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year, with its thousands of years of tradition, is a spiritual legacy left by our ancestors. Besides China, what other countries celebrate Chinese New Year?

I. Vietnam

Vietnam covers an area of about 329,600 square kilometers, between the size of China’s Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The population of Vietnam is about 98.26 million (2021), with the Kinh ethnic group accounting for 86% and the Dai, Dai, Mang, Chinese, and Nung populations all exceeding 500,000.

The Truong Son mountain range is the mountain range that divides Vietnam from Laos and Cambodia, running northwest-southeast, with a length of about 1,100 km and an average width of about 130 km. The narrow north-south length of Vietnam is largely due to the obstruction of the Truong Son mountain range, which reaches a length of about 1,600 kilometers from north to south and a coastline of more than 3,260 kilometers.

Vietnam has a six-day holiday, from New Year’s Eve to the fifth day of the first month, which is almost the same as ours, so why is Vietnam so influenced by Chinese culture?

During the time of Qin Shi Huang, 500,000 Qin troops went south and conquered the Hundred Vietnamese, and the Red River Delta of Vietnam belonged to the Xiang County of the Great Qin Empire. After the death of Qin Shi Huang, Zhao Tuo embraced his army and established the state of South Vietnam, which roughly covered Guangdong, Guangxi and the Red River Delta of Vietnam. During the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty, the state of South Vietnam was destroyed and Jiaozhou was set up, of which there are three counties in Vietnam, namely Jiaozhi, Jiuzhen, and Rilan.

II. Korea and Joseon

The Korean peninsula is surrounded by sea on three sides and is connected to the Asian land to the north. There are two countries on the Korean peninsula, North Korea, which covers an area of about 122,800 square kilometers, comparable to Fujian Province, and South Korea, which covers an area of about 103,300 square kilometers, comparable to Zhejiang Province or Jiangsu Province, to the south.

South Korea has a three-day holiday, from the first to the third day of the first month, and, like us, can also adjust the weekend together. (North Korea has one day off)

The Korean peninsula has deep roots in our country, and the name of the country, Korea, goes back as far as about 3,000 years ago. At that time, the Zhou dynasty destroyed the Shang dynasty, and Minzi, a descendant of the Shang dynasty, led his people to the northern part of the Korean peninsula and established Minzi Korea. At that time, the Chinese civilization had not yet controlled Liaodong, so the Korean peninsula was the first to see the sunrise, Chao is the sun or sunrise, fresh and beautiful meaning.

More than 800 years later, in the early years of the Western Han Dynasty, Liu Bang collapsed and his best brother, King Lu of Yan, was forced to flee to Xiongnu under the suppression of Queen Lu, and the great general of Yan, Wei Man, led more than a thousand remnants into the northern part of the Korean peninsula to overthrow Minzu Chosun and establish Wei Man Chosun.

III. Singapore

Singapore is located in the southern part of the Malay Peninsula, southeast of the Straits of Malacca, and across the Straits of Johor from Malaysia. It consists of more than 60 islands with an area of 728.6 square kilometers (2021), about the size of Chongming Island, the third largest island in China, and Zhoushan Island, the fourth largest island, roughly 2/3 the size of Hong Kong.

Singapore has a 2-day holiday, from the first to the second day of January, and it’s a proper Chinese country. Singapore has about 5.686 million residents (in 2021), with quite a few foreigners, about 4.404 million citizens and green cards, and about 74% Chinese.

From 1957 to 1963, various parts of Malaysia became independent and formed the Federation of Malaysia. Singapore joined the federation in 1963, marking the formal separation of this region of Malaysia from British rule. 1965 saw the expulsion of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia.

IV. Malaysia

Malaysia is divided into two parts: West Malaysia, which is located in the southern part of the Malay Peninsula, and East Malaysia, which is separated from Indonesia’s Sumatra Island by the Strait of Malacca. West Malaysia is located in the northwestern part of Kalimantan Island, which is shared with Indonesia and Brunei.

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is in West Malaysia, which is economically, culturally, and demographically west-heavy and east-heavy.

Malaysia has a 2-day holiday, from the first to the second day of the first month, and a large percentage of Chinese. Malaysia’s population is 32.7 million (2021), of which Malays are 69.1%%, Chinese are 23%, and Indians are 6.9%.

V. Thailand and others

Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, etc., have a 1-day holiday, the first day of the first month, and these are all countries within the Chinese cultural radiation circle.

Photo – Vietnamese

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