Chinese New Year Celebration Information

Chinese New Year is a famous traditional 15-day holiday. It is celebrated mainly in China. It is recognized as the longest festival in the Chinese calendar. It is also known as the “Lunar New Year” and “Spring Festival”.

World’s largest annual migration happens during the period of Chinese New Year Celebration. Traditionally, families gather together through this spring travel.


Mythology of Chinese New Year

We have known from tales that Chinese New Year was begun with the battle against a beast named Nian. This mythical beast came on the first day of New Year and ate crops, livestock and even villagers. It ate the children especially. This is why the villagers put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year to protect themselves.
One day, a strange thing was come forward. They discovered that Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. Then the villagers understood that Nian was very much afraid of the red color. Since then, the villagers hang red colored lanterns and red spring scrolls on doors and windows the New Year’s eve. As a result, the beast never came to the village again.
Chinese New Year celebration
 
Chinese New Year Calendar
The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year. This is the cause of changing every year. The calendar maintains a 12-year system. Chinese New Year named after an animal each year. Have a look:
Year             Name
2014             Horse
2015             Sheep
2016             Monkey
2017             Rooster
2018             Dog
2019             Pig
2020             Rat
2021             Ox
2022             Tiger
2023             Rabbit
2024             Dragon
2025             Snake
2026             Horse
Timeframe of Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve which is the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates (a date between January 21 and February 20) each year.
Objectives of Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is celebrated in order to sweep away any ill-fortune. The people want to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colored paper-cuts and couplets. The Chinese believe in some popular themes such as “good fortune”, “happiness”, “wealth”, or “longevity” etc.
Chinese New Year celebration
 
Before the Chinese New Year’s Day
The people take preparation in various ways to celebrate Chinese New Year. The clean their houses. They go for shopping to enjoy the year. They decorate their houses. The whole China is turned into a new look.
Chinese New Year Practices and Traditions
>Red envelopes
>Gift exchange
>Markets or village fairs
>Fireworks
>Music
>Clothing
>Family portrait
>Symbolism (An inverted character fu is a sign of arriving blessings)
>Nianhua (Chinese colored woodblock printing)
>Flowers (floral decorations)
>Dragon dance and Lion dance
>Lantern Festival
Chinese New Year celebration
 
Chinese New Year Day to Day Festivities
Day 1
Lighting fireworks
Burning bamboo sticks and firecrackers
Making as much of a din as possible
Day 2
Married daughters visited their birth parents, relatives and close friends
Day 3
Rural villagers continue the tradition of burning paper offerings over trash fires
Day 4
Corporate “spring dinners” kick off and business returns to normal
Day 5
People will shoot off firecrackers to get Guan Yu’s attention
Day 7
The day when everyone grows one year older
Day 8
The Store owners will host a lunch/dinner with their employees
Day 9
Offering prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven
Day 10
The Jade Emperor’s party is also celebrated on this day
Day 13
People eat pure vegetarian food
Day 15
Families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns
Chinese New Year Crafts
There are many types of New Year crafts in China. The most popular items are:
>Upside Down Fu
>Dui Lian
>Lantern
>Year Paint
>Paper cutting
>Door God
Chinese New Year Food
The New Year’s Eve dinner is the most important dinner for Chinese. In fact, this is the family reunion dinner. In Chinese New Year, normal food are served. But the followings are special.
>Dumplings
>New Year Cake
>Tang Yuan
>LaBa Congee
Chinese New Year celebration
 
Chinese New Year Greetings
Often loud and enthusiastic greetings are offered in the Chinese New Year. New Year couplets printed in gold letters on bright red paper is another way of expressing New Year wishes. They use several some sentences as Chinese New Year greetings. They congratulate each other and wish for good luck.
Chinese New Year celebration zone
Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories where Chinese populations are seen widely. Have a look: 
China, Thailand, Brunei. Hong Kong, Mauritius,
Macau, Vietnam, Taiwan, PhilippinesSingapore,  
Indonesia, Malaysia, and also in almost all over Chinatowns in this world such as California, Kolkata etc.
Chinese New Year is an extra-ordinary celebration in this world. It is very much attractive to all. The whole New Year celebration is mind-blowing to me. I hope that you like it too reading this article. 

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