Chinese New Year


Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese Holidays.
In China, it is known as "Spring Festival," the literal translation of the Chinese name 春節. Since the spring season in Chinese calendar starts with Lichun, the first solar term in a Chinese calendar year.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, such as Mainland China, Hong Kong[2], Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand , Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, Vietnam, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere.

Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. People will pour out their money to buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

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PubDate:2/1/2012 2:02:36 PM