Chinese New Year Festival Celebration
Chinese New Year Celebration
“Booooom!”. Another fire-cracker goes off. “Psssss…..”, a beautiful array of colors come to life just instances after the fuse burns out. Such sounds and lights are just part of the celebrations during the Chinese New Year Festival.
Every lunar year, Chinese people all over the world celebrate this meaningful occasion on the first day of the first moon (10 February 2013). The celebrations continue till the 15th day of the same moon. Chinese people will spent money to purchase presents, food, decoration and clothing. Every family will clean their house to sweep away bad luck and welcome all good luck. After cleaning, the doors and windows will be hanged with red color couplets and Chinese New Year paper cuts.
According to tradition, all the members of a particular family would come home on the eve of New Year to attend a reunion dinner. It is of great significance and some would even travel over half the globe just to be with their loved ones. Around midnight, fire-crackers and fireworks are let off to mark the beginning of the New Year.
On the 1st day of the New Year, the superstitious ones do not sweep the floor as they believe that all the luck brought by the New Year would be swept away. We also believed that using knives on the 1st day to be bad luck. Early the morning, all younger will greet older family members and will receive Ang Pow. “Ang Pow” is probably the most exciting thing for a child among all the New Year festivities. These red packets filled with money are given to children and unmarried persons by married couples to bring them luck. Business manager also will give bonus through “Ang Pow” to employees which means wealth and good luck. Mostly, we will wear red clothing during Chinese New Year because we believed that red color will bring us good luck and scare away all evil spirits and bad fortune.
Everywhere you go, the joyous atmosphere can be felt especially when there is a Lion Dance performance. It is usually seen at public gatherings and private residences. The “Lion” dances to the beat of the Chinese drum and the crash of the cymbals. Some “lions” can even climb up benches and stools to get the “ching” or the packet of money tied to a vegetable.
On the 2nd day, called as “Kainian” in Mandarin, mean “beginning of the year”, normally married daughters will visit their parents on this day.
On the 3rd day, known as “chi kou” and also called it as the day of poor devil and everyone are not suggested to visit friends or relatives.
Start from 4th day, majority of Chinese company will start their business otherwise they will re open on the 6th day due to 5th day is not a good day because it known as “Po Wu”.
For many, it is the time to make well-wishing house-calls on relatives and friends. A popular greeting is “Happy New Year” or even more popular “May wealth come to you”
On the 7th day, we called this day as “Renri” mean birthday’s of common man. The main dish is raw fish salad or “Yusheng”. Purpose eaten “Yusheng” for us continued prosperity and wealth.
On the 8th day, Hokkien community will have family dinner to celebrate the eve of Jade Emperor’s birthday.
On the 9th day, when come midnight of the 8th day, Hokkien will offer prayer to Emperor of Heaven/Jade Emperor. The celebration will extend until the 10th day.
On the 11-12th day, these are the days to invite friends and family for dinners together.
On the 13th day, no meat day, people will eat vegetables to clean their stomach because of too much food that has been eaten during Chinese New Year.
The Chinese New Year Festival ends when the last fire-cracker explosion is heard on the night of the 15th day. The last day of Chinese New Year is also called as Lantern Festival or Chap Goh Mei. A sweet dessert, tangyuan is eaten on that day. This day is also consider as Chinese valentine’s day .
Happy Chinese New Year!