Chinese New Year and Its Customs

Chinese New Year is the most essential of the classic Chinese holidays. This year on February 3rd the country will be coming into a year of the creative, yet incredibly personal Rabbit. Given that the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is based on the Chinese calendar which is partially based on lunar cycles, this guarantees that the date is not the same as on western calendars. The festival typically starts on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival that is on the 15th day.

It is Chinese New Year custom to totally tidy the house. Prior to New Year’s Eve, the house ought to be cleaned in preparation. This represents the sweeping out of miss fortune and the wishful invitation to good luck. When window frames and doors are given a new coat of paint, usually red, are also Chinese New Year traditions. Decorations are hung up around the house and oranges and tangerines are put out, symbolizing good luck for the New Year.

It is traditional for all money owed to be paid by the New Year. No money should be loaned out at this time or anyone who lends money will be lending all the year through.

Traditionally, New Year in China is a time when families assemble – travelling wide and far to visit as many relatives as they can. The whole family sits up all night, spending the time by playing board games and watching TV programmes. It is tradition to leave every light in the house on. After the meal, adults hand out red envelopes which contains money to the children and people who are married. Unlike in the Western world, where people give material items as gifts, in China, money is typically the default gift given to others. They will place them under their pillows when sleeping as they think this may encourage them to have pleasant dreams and they will turn out to be richer the following year.

One more element of the celebrations are the dances, such as the Dragon Dance and the the Lion Dance. On the one hand, Lion Dance is one of the most important dances of the Chinese New Year. While loud music is played customarily played by drum, gong, and cymbals, the Lion Dance is carried out during the first few days of the Chinese New Year by two skilled dancers playing the head and tail of the lion, and is thought to provide good luck to the places it visits. The lion dance has it’s origin in legend. A mythic beast known as a Nian turned up in China and terrorized the people. The only creature that defeat the Nian was the lion and his triumph is celebrated in the lion dance.

The the other hand, the Dragon Dance is the almost certainly the most well-known custom of the Chinese New Year, and it is performed with a lot of dancers all playing one part of the long dragon. This dance is based on the legend that the dragon regulates rainfall. When they honor the dragon with the conventional dance the country will be rich in sufficient rain to maintain their crops. The right amount of of crops will bring forth prosperity to the farmers and the community they live in.

To burn firecrackers and to let off at midnight is an age-old Chinese New Year tradition. This Chinese New Year custom represents quite a few things. They are said to sound so loud to wake up the dragon, causing it to fly and bring in rain.

After New Year’s Day, dirt and garbage should be taken out of the back door.

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