- Religion and Philosophy
Chinese New Year: Is it for the Christians?
Of Dragon Dance, Lanterns and Firecrackers
Gong Xi Fa Cai!!! (Kong Hei Fat Choi)
With so many Chinese people around the world, how could we not know or be familiar with their way of celebrating new year? Annually, every month of January or February, millions of Asians return to their homeland in Asia to celebrate Chinese New Year.
One American writer said, “It’s like a mixture of New Year, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.” It is also called Lunar New Year, Feast of Spring, Chun Jie (China), Tet (Vietnam), Solnal (Korea) and Losar (Tibet).
In preparation of the fiesta, people are cleaning their houses and decorating it, they buy new clothes, they prepare food that can bring good luck and prosperity, they pay their debts at solve whatever misunderstanding they’ve been involved. During the first day of New Year, they greet one another "Gong Xi Fa Cai" and exchange gifts for health and prosperity, they give money put in ang pao or red envelope which is consider to be lucky, they eat delicious kinds of food, watch and play fireworks and the dragon dance together with their families and friends.
“ The goal of the whole family, friends and relatives is to prosper in business or be wealthy, pay tribute to the gods, ancestors and spirits and to have a lucky year ahead.” (Mooncakes and Hungry Ghosts:Festivals of China) There’s a Chinese proverb that states: “ If your drink water, don’t forget where it came from.” It signifies that many Asians have great respect with their parents and ancestors. Because they owe their lives to the parents, it is but natural for the offspring give back the respect they should receive.
Superstitions and Spiritualism
There’s a connection between the Chinese New Year and astrology. In the lunar calendar, it is named after one of the 12 zodiac animals each year-like the dragon, tiger, monkey, rabbit and others. Chinese people believe that these animals influence the personality of a person born in a particular year. Another belief during Chinese New Year involves giving tribute to the gods of wealth and fortune to bring luck.
According to the Bible, God never approve or allow “believers in astrology or fortune-tellers.” Yes, most of us are being enslave by the superstitions, but we are freed and saved by the truth of the Bible (John 8:32)