Chinese New Year

15th day of Chinese new year and Preparations 2019

In China, the 16-day Spring Festival or Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival. It encompasses many typical customs related to food, decorations, bows, and presents. Below you will find a daily guide and a brief overview of the celebrations of the 15th day of Chinese new year scheduled for 2019.

15th day of Chinese new year

15th day of Chinese new year

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15th day of Chinese new year: 1st day (February 5th, 2019)

The Chinese believe that the actions performed during the first day of the lunar calendar could alter its luck in the coming year.

Celebrating the Beginning Chinese of the Chinese New Year 2019: On February 5th Chinese celebrated New Year and welcomed Chinese new year. Read more here: Chinese New Year celebration.

15th day of Chinese new year: 2nd day (February 6th, 2019)

Traditionally, a married girl must visit her parents on the second day of the Chinese New Year.

15th day of Chinese new year: 3rd -7th (February 7-11, 2019)

From the 3rd to the 7th day of the new year, people usually visit their relatives and friends. On the third day, some people also visit family graves or their relationships. Others, on the other hand, consider that going out during this day is ominous because, you think, evil spirits who roam around.

15th day of Chinese new year: 8th day (February 12, 2019)

For the majority of Chinese, the eighth day of the new year marks the end of the holidays and the return to work. All businesses and administrations are reopening on this day.

lantern festival

15th day of Chinese new year: 15th day (February 19th, 2019)

15th day of Chinese new year is very important for them. 15th day of Chinese new year called Lantern Festival.

On the 15th day of the New Year, there is the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the celebration of the Spring Festival. On this last day, some send lanterns illuminated in the air while others let them drift on the sea, a river, or a lake.

Preparations for the Chinese New Year 2019

After reading 15th day of Chinese new year also read about preparations for the chinese new year becuase 15th day of Chinese new year are very busy for them and chinese celeberate these day wonderfully.

Preparations for the Chinese New Year 2019

Clean the house

Red Lantern From the 23rd day to the 12th lunar month, the Chinese are engaged in complete cleaning of their house. Called “sweep the dust”, this operation evokes the desire to evacuate old things, to say goodbye to the past year before welcoming the new year.

On the other hand, the Chinese do not clean their homes the first two days of the year for fear of losing their chances.

New Year’s shops

For the New Year, Chinese people buy many foods, snacks, and decorations before Christmas Eve. Thus, can we see a big commercial boom in China during this period (just like at Christmas). While the Chinese can be very economical most of the time, they become, nevertheless, very spendthrift during their traditional festivals. For example, they will buy new clothes for each member of the family, whether they need it or not. In addition, many markets invest the streets during the days leading up to the Spring Festival.

Chinese New Year’s Eve activities

Install New Year’s decorations

Although some people decorate their homes several days before the festival, most do it only on New Year’s Eve. These overlap, then, red lanterns, red couplets, paper cut red and paintings associated with the New Year. Note the predominance of the red color synonymous with “door-Happiness” among the Chinese. The year 2018 being placed under the sign of the dog, this animal will appear very often like motive.

People can decorate their homes with the types of decorations listed above, but not only.

Affix the images of the gods of the door

The ancient custom of sticking the image of a “god of the door ” to a doorway is very important during the Spring Festival. Originally, “the gods of the door” came in the form of wooden sculptures suspended at the doors. They disappeared, little by little, in favor of printed posters sticking directly on the doors.

The Chinese apply representations of the “gods of the door” to their door to invoke blessings for longevity, health and peace in their homes.

By placing a couple of “door gods” face to face on a double door, it is assumed that this will prevent evil spirits from entering the house. In China, the “gods of the door” embody virtue and power. It is for this reason that we always depict them as surly, raising different weapons and ready to fight evil spirits.

Paste couplets of spring (duilians of spring)

Paste couplets of spring. The couplets of Spring or New Year are in the form of poetic verses doublets, typically composed of seven Chinese characters each, written in black ink on red paper bands and annexes on each side of the door frames.

Sometimes it is completed by a line of four or five characters and added over the door. Rich with blessings or good wishes, these New Year couplets are supposed to ward off evil spirits. Some people write the verses themselves, but most buy them directly from supermarkets or markets.

Paste New Year’s paintings

The paintings of Nouvel are used. Year to decorate the houses to attract the positive waves on the home while creating a happy and opulent atmosphere during the Spring Festival.

Among all the themes of the New Year’s paintings, there are frequently flowers and birds, plump boys (with Guanyin, the goddess of mercy and fertility), golden cocks, oxen, ripe fruits and treasures or other legends or, finally, historical narratives relating the wishes of abundant harvests and a happy life. In China, “the four famous homes for their production of New Year paintings” remain Mianzhu in Sichuan Province, Taohuawu in Suzhou, Yangliuqing in Tianjin, and Weifang in Shandong.

Paste cut papers

Paste cut papers In the past, before the Spring Festival, people were sticking the cut papers on the windows facing north and south. If this practice is still very common among people in northern China, in the south, on the contrary, they are only used during wedding celebrations.

Topics and topics of cut papers vary a lot. Most are associated with rural life because the majority of buyers remain farmers. For this reason, appear mainly representations of scenes of cultivation of the land, fishing, weaving, sheep, breeding pigs or chickens. Sometimes the cut papers depict myths, legends and even Chinese operas. The motifs representing flowers, birds and creatures of the Chinese zodiac are also famous.

With their burlesque and disproportionate motives, the cut papers reveal everyone’s aspirations for a better life and help to make the Spring Festival a cheerful and glitzy.

Enjoy a family dinner

Enjoy a family dinner A special time for a reunion with the family, the New Year’s Eve dinner is the annual “must not miss” dinner . As a result, many people are trying, by all means, to participate in this family event, generating, as well, an immense affluence in transport across the country.

People in northern and southern China know different sayings about food, served on this very special occasion. In the north, jiaozis (Chinese dumplings) are the traditional feast of New Year’s Eve. In the shape of a crescent moon, consuming them would be supposed to bring luck. In the south, the niangao (a cake made from glutinous rice) is tasted on this special evening, as the word niangao sounds like the words of the phrase “high year after year”.

Watch the New Year’s TV Gala on CCTV

Traditionally, Chinese watch the New Year’s Eve CCTV Gala while sharing a dinner. This show starts at 20:00 and ends at 00:00 just as the new year passes. Each year, its programming brings together performances and folk songs performed by the best singers, musical groups and Chinese acrobats.

Give lucky children money (hongbao)

Give children good luck moneyOn this evening, and usually after the New Year’s Eve dinner, parents offer red envelopes (hongbao) to their children, hoping that they will stay healthy during the next year. These hongbaos always contain money. Inserted inside a red envelope (color of luck), this money is called “lucky money” because it should bring luck to the person who receives it.

Stay up late

This custom translates to shousui (守岁 / show-sway / ‘watching year’). In the past, people spent a sleepless night, but, most of the time, most only watch until midnight.

Listen to a New Year’s bell

Traditionally, the bell personifies the Chinese New Year. The Chinese especially like to visit the vast squares or the temples where big bells ring at the time of the passage of the new year.

People consider that the carillon of a large bell can repel misery and attract good fortune to them. In recent years, more and more people have come to the temples built on the mountains to await the first bell of the year. The Hanshan Temple in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, east of China owes its fame to its imposing bell that signals the arrival of the Chinese New Year. This custom is also adopted by the expatriate community residing there.

Firecrackers and fireworks

At the passing of the new year, everywhere in the inhabited areas of China, resound the sounds of firecrackers and fireworks that are increasing. The fireworks sound like cannons or explosives while the long chains of firecrackers recall the firing of machine guns.

In big cities: lighting firecrackers remains one of the most important traditions perpetrated during the New Year’s celebrations. However, due to the potential danger and noise nuisance, the government has now banned this practice in major cities of China such as Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. On the other hand, fireworks and rockets are still allowed in most parts of the country.

The inhabitants of small towns and rural areas still practice the firecracker tradition without considering it as dangerous. On the twelve strokes of midnight, we can hear the detonations and see the small towns and countryside blaze through the illuminations of fireworks exploding in the air. The noise is indescribable. In many places, the fireworks put in place by local governments, add even more noise to the already deafening celebrations!

Families wake up late to wait for this joyful celebration.

Holding a lighter in their hands, the children share, with enthusiasm, the arrival of this new year. They throw, one by one, small firecrackers in the streets while plugging their ears.

Many people prefer to watch from their windows these public or private fireworks that last about 40 minutes. Crowds traveling to sites with large fireworks are particularly fond of watching rockets explode and illuminate directly above their heads.

The legend of Nian

Like all festivals in China, the New Year’s Eve party comes with stories and myths. One of the most popular is that of the legendary monster named Nian, infamous for eating cattle, crops and even humans on New Year’s Eve.

Legend has it that an old sage found that loud noises (firecrackers) and the red color frightened this beast.

Also, think that putting food for Nian, in front of the front door, will avoid the attacks of people and the destruction of property. In order to frighten the monster, people also hang red lanterns (a classic Chinese symbol) and red cylinders on their doors and windows, while lighting firecrackers, which is an important part of the celebrations.

Tributes to ancestors

Practiced since ancient times, this popular tradition can appear in various forms depending on the region. She goes from cleaning the graves in the middle of nature to practicing offerings in the halls or temples of the ancestors. Many people (especially in rural areas) make offerings to their ancestors in the main room of the house where an altar is raised. Family members, from the oldest to the youngest, kneel and bow to the wall table.

Presenting offerings to ancestors means, on the one hand, piety and respect for the memory of ancestors, and, on the other hand, the deep belief that ancestors will protect and make prosperous their descendants. These traditional customs of showing gratitude and calling for blessings are passed on from generation to generation.

This ritual extends over several days of the Spring Festival but is of greater importance on New Year’s Day.

Greetings of the new year

Greetings of the new yearOn the first day of the year, the Chinese wear their new clothes and like to exchange “Gongxi” (恭喜 / gong-sshee / literally ‘respectful happiness’, which can also translate into’ best wishes’ or ‘congratulations ‘ ). They wish each other, happiness and luck for the New Year. Tradition also wants younger generations to visit their elders to wish them good health and a long life.

In recent years, new ways of exchanging greetings for the new year have emerged, especially among young people. Indeed, too busy to visit their friends or relatives, some prefer, instead, send a greeting card or send a text message.

Attend dragon and lion dances

During this period, one can still attend some performances of lion and dragon dances. However, although omnipresent, formerly in China, they seem to be becoming rarer nowadays. Paradoxically, they are slowly reappearing in many places, and remain very popular in Hong Kong and Macao.

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