Happy New Year Chinese Traditions
A new year is the new start of new beginnings. Chinese celebrate Happy new Year with great devotion. ‘’Nian ‘’is the Chinese word, stands for ‘’year’’. In some metropolitan areas of China, people enjoy a week of vacations. Just like other western countries, china also celebrates Happy New Year on 1 January. Fireworks are displayed every year. Chinese are very excited about the Happy New Year. They enjoy vacations by spending quality time with their friends and close family member. People throw parties, decorate their houses and make different new dishes.
Chinese New Year is also considered a spring festival. They celebrate some other important days of the 15-day Chinese new year festival.
|(2021) SOLAR DATE||LUNAR DATE||TITLE|
|4th Feb.||Dec 23rd||Little Year (小年 / xiǎo nián)|
|11th Feb.||Dec 30th||New Year’s Eve (除夕 / chúxì)|
|12th Feb.||Jan 1st||Spring Festival (春节 / chūn jié)|
|13th Feb.||Jan 2nd||To the in-law’s (迎婿日 / yíng xù rì)|
|14th Feb.||Jan 3rd||Rat Day (鼠日 / shǔ rì)|
|15th Feb.||Jan 4th||Day of the Sheep (羊日 / yáng rì)|
|16th Feb.||Jan 5th||Break Five (破五 / pò wǔ)|
|17th Feb.||Jan 6th||Horse Day (马日 / mǎ rì)|
|18th Feb.||Jan 7th||Human Day (人日 / rén rì)|
|19th Feb.||Jan 8th||Millet Day (谷日节 / gǔ rì jié)|
|20th Feb.||Jan 9th||Providence Health (天公生 / tiān gōng shēng)|
|21st Feb.||Jan 10th||Stone Festival (石头节 / shí tou jié)|
|22nd Feb.||Jan 11th||Son-in-law Day (子婿日 / zǐ xù rì)|
|23rd–25th Feb.||Jan 12th–14th||Lantern Festival Preperations|
|26th Feb.||Jan 15th||Lantern Festival (元宵节 / yuán xiāo jié)|
Jae Cai Ceng
It means welcoming the Gods of wealth and prosperity. They believe that on the fifth day of New year, gods of wealth and prosperity come down. Businessmen start their new businesses as they think that it will bring them good luck for their future. Different poems are also written for enjoyment.
Yuan Xiao Jie
It is the festival of lanterns. Several types of lanterns are lit throughout the streets. Fifteen days is considered as the festivals of lanterns.
Gifts are packed in red envelopes. Money is given to the children or young people with no jobs. Red colour indicates good fortune in Chinese culture. They also wear red dresses, mostly.
Chinese New year’s meal is the most important. People cook different foods and invite their friends and family members over their houses. But, some people love to enjoy dinner at restaurants. We advise you to book your reservation at restaurants before one month. They love to eat the following things on this special event.
1) Black sesame rice ball soup
2) Chicken, fish, pork dishes
3) Loose cake which is made of rice
4) Sweet wine rice soup which contains small rice balls
5) Treasure rice which is made of dry fruits, sweet red beans, dates and almond
These dishes are readily available in markets. You can make money by preparing these dishes and sell them in different markets.
Chinese people think of themselves as descendants of the mythical creature. That’s why they present dragons on New Year’s Eve. When people start going to the offices, they find dancing dragons in front of their offices. It makes people excited.
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