Chinese New Year
Chinese New year or Spring festival also know as Lunar New Year is a very special day for Chinese.
Celebrations are traditionally celebrated from the night before the first day until the Lantern Festival on the 15th of the first calendar month.
The Chinese New year date changed every year but it mostly in the first day of the New Year is on the new moon between January 21 and February 20. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, February 16, the beginning of the year the dog.
Chinese New Year Traditions and Activities
Cleaning and shopping
Cleaning before the Chinese New Year is a tradition in China. The gardens, walls and every corner of the house must be cleaned. In Chinese, “Dust” is the homophone for the word “old” (Chen), so cleaning means removing bad luck or old things from home to be ready for a new beginning.
After cleaning, people will go shopping and buy new clothes for the festival. People in China believe that, as this is a new year, they should buy many new things. Buying new items symbolizes welcoming new things and preparing for a new beginning.
Couples usually stick to the doors as part of a festival celebration. The verses of the paste more than a thousand years are usually dated to Shaw State later (934-965). The original form of modern arches was called “Taofu”, a piece of peach that protects against evil without any kind of writing. In the Song Dynasty (960-1279), conflicting writings on wood began to express the wishes of people, in addition to being adornments. Later, the modern shape of the tablets replaced the peach wood with red paper. The counties include a contrast on both sides and a horizontal offset suspended at the top.
Pasting the “Fu”
Foo, which means happy luck or happiness, is used to express people’s wishes and aspirations for the future, which is why people often stick doors or some furniture at home during the Chinese New Year. “Fu” hit back, which means the arrival of happiness or good luck, is usually common and widely accepted among the Chinese. Other characters and patterns are added to express good wishes.
In ancient times, this character and keys were written by hand, but now people can buy prints in shopping malls or supermarkets. Some stores offer printed business to customers who buy something in their stores.
The words or images are cut on the red paper and pasted onto the windows to express good wishes for the future during the happy event.
New Year Photos
Originated in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) with simple patterns to ward off evil. Now they are a kind of decoration for the festival. New meanings and patterns such as conventions, women, and infants have been added to the old images. Different places in China have different styles of pictures.
Cards are prepared before the festival. In the past, some people sent cards to their friends, parents, teachers, and other relatives during the happy event, especially when they were not with them on the eve of the Spring Festival. Nima words are written on cards similar to Christmas cards. Now, with the advancement of technology, the format of cards changes, and cards usually remain.
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In Taoism and popular custom, the gate guards guard, one of the most popular gods, cottages. The ancients paste their pictures on the door to ward off evil and keep their homes safe. Now the picture is stuck at the doors during the Spring Festival.
They are ready to decorate homes during the festival. Initially, they used to hang Jade pendants on clothes as a decoration and this knot was widely used in different places, such as flute, Xiao (vertical bamboo flute), curtains, etc. As a decoration. Now, this node is used as gifts that contain a pool for other people or decorations.
2.Chinese New Year Festival time
After dinner meeting, eat meatballs, stay up all night, fireworks lighting and other activities, the most popular Spring Festival Customs. In addition to visiting relatives, gifts are exchanged during the first days of the festival.
The most important food during Chinese New Year is dumpling (jiaozi). Made from flour and stuffed with different fillings, empanadillas are usually eaten the day before. Because its shape resembles Yuanbao (a kind of money used in antiquity), flesh balls are eaten to bring wealth next year. People wrap coins, candies, pistachios and chestnuts in some meatballs to express different blessings, for example, a coin of wealth, sweets for sweet life, peanuts for health and longevity, and chestnuts for activity. It is also common in many parts of China to eat meatballs on January 1 and January 15 of the lunar calendar.
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The habit of staying all night long can be traced back to the northern and southern breeds (420-289). In antiquity, after a reunion dinner, family members talked about the fireplace while they were waiting for the arrival of the Lunar New Year. Now you see the New Year CCTV ceremony.
New Year’s Eve CCTV:
This is a technical event and integrated performance on the eve of the festival. Since it was the first broadcast in 1983, performance has become highly appreciated by most Chinese. The presentations include basic elements such as graphics, dialects (Xiangsheng), acrobatics, songs, and dances. More recently, a growing number of foreign artists are showing Chinese a window on Western cultures. The show always ends with the song “Can not Forget Tonight”.
Fireworks and fireworks:
Fireworks are always activated in the middle of the night. In some places, people also detonate firecrackers on the first morning. The use of firecrackers goes back to the legend of the Nian beast 2000 years ago when people threw bamboo in the fire to scare the beast away.
After the gunpowder was invented, the crackers replaced bamboo. Because fireworks can easily begin with fireworks, many places prohibit fireworks, except for designated areas. Fireworks are also activated at the Lantern Night Festival.
The red envelope, also known as lucky money, is prepared for children by adults and the elderly and is delivered after a reunion dinner. In popular culture, children will live safe and sound throughout the year if they get the money. The habit is still and the amount of money is increasing. Children use their money to buy books or other school supplies. Some families also save money for future use or used to cultivate savings in their children.
3.Chinese New Year Following days
Friends and friends Visting
A special way for people to express their good wishes and an important activity during the festival is to visit their friends and relatives.
In ancient times, young people had to welcome the elderly with goods; today they were congratulated by good wishes. In response, the previous generation gives them money wrapped in red paper.
In general, people visit the homes of relatives and friends, greeting each other with a “Happy New Year”. This custom has not changed. In some rural areas, where families have many relatives, this activity lasts for several days. It is impolite to visit someone without a present.
Therefore, you should take your own local products, fruit, sweets, wine and other small gifts when visiting others.
Although busy people choose to send their greetings over the phone or e-mail, the old tradition of paid visits is still common.
Exhibitions of the temple
The temple exhibition is another ancient practice in the holiday traditions, especially in Beijing. Although it was originally a form of worship associated with temples, it has now become like carnivals, sometimes in public parks. You can see traditional cultural representations such as Diablo, traditional magic, puppet shows, etc. In addition, people can buy all kinds of things on a daily basis using things at very low prices.
During and after the festival, Beijing has temple exhibits almost every day in different places like Wangfujing, Altar of the Earth and Longtan Park.
Enjoy colorful festive lanterns
The Lantern Festival is the end of the festival. Lanterns of various shapes are displayed on the afternoon of January 15 of the lunar month. In ancient times, these lanterns were made of paper or silk with candles placed inside. Now the material has changed and candles have been replaced by LEDs or LEDs. In many cities, local institutions or governments decorate gardens and other places with lanterns so that they can enjoy their beauty.
Shihu is often part of the Lantern Festival, especially in northwest China. Shehuo is a form of worship consisting of presentations and reviews. It includes a variety of performances such as Dragon and Lion Dances, Yangku (folk dance) and artists on solid pillars. Shihu Stories come from Shaanxi Opera. People are crowding the roads to see the exciting show.
In many areas, Dumpling Rice (Yuanxiao or Tangyuan) is a traditional folk food for the Lantern Festival. The meatballs are made of sticky rice flour filled with different fillings. Some do not have fillings. Its round shape symbolizes meeting, harmony, and happiness. During the Lantern Festival night, family members meet to eat delicious rice dumplings and appreciate the full moon.