The Celebration of Chinese New Year
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The Celebration of Chinese New Year

How do Chinese people celebrate the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival?

The Chinese New Year or popularly known as the Spring Festival is celebrated on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with a Lantern Festival on the 15th day. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration of the Chinese people. This tradition has been going on for centuries in all Chinese populated places.

The celebration of the Chinese New Year is a big event to the Chinese people where they spend money for presents, decorations, furniture and appliances, food and clothing. To some Chinese families, they clear all their old things and change them with new ones. Some Chinese believe that old and damaged materials in the house bring bad luck. The belief is that the house must be spic and span during the Chinese New Year so that good luck will pour in. On the first day of the Chinese New Year, brooms and dust pans are kept away so that the good luck will not be swept away.

Chinese homes are decorated with mostly red materials because they believe that red is a good luck color that attracts positive energy into the house. The connection of the red color to the celebration of the Chinese New Year is believed to have started with a mythical story of a beast called “Nien”. This beast comes to the village on the first day of New Year to devour animals, crops and even villagers, especially the children. To protect themselves from the beast, the villagers would put food in front of their doors for the beast to eat instead of the villagers. They say that there was one time when the beast was scared away by a little child wearing red. This started the tradition of people hanging red objects in their doors and windows before the New Year. They also used firecrackers to scare away the beast. The beast never returned again to disturb the people.

The first day of the Chinese New Year is the welcoming of the deities of the heavens and earth. This is the time when many people especially the monks abstain from meat. The first day is a time when families visit the oldest and most senior members of their family and give away red envelopes with money to the younger members of the family. It is a belief that the more money you give away on New Year’s Day, the more good luck comes to you.

This is also the day when firecrackers and fireworks are lighted. Chinese people believe that the sound of the firecrackers will drive away all evil and bad luck.

The second day of the Chinese New Year is the day for married daughters to visit their parents. This is also a day for the dogs. The second day is considered the birthday of all dogs. This is the time when Chinese people give especial attention to dogs.

The third day is not advisable for families to go out and visit other families so they stay at home and celebrate.

lantern festivalThe fifth day is a day when families eat dumplings in the morning. This is also the day when the families welcome the God of Wealth to their home.

The seventh day is believed to be the birthday of all human when they grow one year older. People get together to toss salad and make wishes for continued prosperity. This is also the day when people eat noodles and fish for longevity of life.

The eight day is the day when people go back to work. This is the end of the Chinese holiday.

The ninth day is the day for Chinese to offer prayers to the Jade emperor of Heaven. Offerings include sugarcane, incense, tea, fruit, vegetarian food or roast pig.

The thirteenth day is the cleansing diet day when most people eat vegetarian food to cleanse away the meat that they had consumed for the past days. This day is dedicated to the Chinese God of War.

The fifteenth day is the Lantern Festival that marks the end of the Chinese New Year Festival.

Source:  Wikipedia

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