Category: Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year also recognized as the Spring Festival since the 20th century. In China, it is recognized as the most valuable economic and social holiday. This year’s Chinese Brand New Year is coming on Saturday 28 January 2017. The event is celebrated in many countries around the world. The countries including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, Malaysia, Macau,  Singapore, Mauritius, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and the Cambodia.

The countries having relations with China like Korea, Vietnam and Japan also use the same Chinese calendar and celebrate the New Year.

Christian New Year starts according to the Julian or Gregorian calendar but Chinese New Year’s Day is different from these calendars. Chinese New Year has its lunar calendar beginning with the new moon’s first day of the 12 months cycle. New Year’s first day normally falls between January 21 and the February 20 on the new moon.

23 Days of Chinese New Year Celebrations

Celebrations of Chinese New Year starts on the 23rd day of the 12th Lunar month in the running year. The celebrations continue for about 23 days known as the Lantern Festival. The festival ends on the 15th day of the New Year’s Lunar month. Celebrating at night time with the lantern Expo and the kids carry lanterns in the parade.

Why Chinese New Year on Different Date Every Year?

Chinese traditional calendar is different from the Julian or Gregorian calendar; it’s a combo of solar and lunar motions indicating the both moon phase and solar year’s time. Generally, the lunar month consists of 29 days 2 days lesser than the solar month. But the Chinese add an extra month after few years to match it with the solar calendar. Same like the addition of one extra day in a leap year. That’s why every year Chinese New Year comes on a different date by the solar calendar.

Chinese New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Celebrations of Chinese New Year are also different, New Year’s Eve and the New Year’s Day observed as the family festival. The event celebrated as Thanksgiving and social gathering. Traditionally the celebration was featured on the religious occasion, honoring Earth and Heaven, and the Gods of domestic and family ascendants.

Memorization of the dead family members on Chinese New Year

Within China immolate to ascendants, the essential custom among all is to unified the existing members with those who had expired. Memorizing the Deceased relatives with immense respect is a necessary part of celebrations because they were liable for creating the basis for the fortune and importance of the whole family.

“Weilu,” the New Year Feast

The presence of the ascendants recognized on the New Year’s Eve with wonderful dinner organized for the family at the great feast table. The souls of the ascendants, stable with the existing members, celebrate the starting of New Year Chinese as one big community. The traditional feast known as “weilu” or “surrounding stove.” Representing the family’s solidarity and dignity of the present and past generations.

What do people do on the event?

Generally, before the celebration, people clean their houses to dispose of the ill-fortune and to make paths for good arriving luck. The Chinese also exhibit New Year’s decorations, lightings, and firecrackers. It’s a tradition to decorate the doors and windows with paper cuts of red color and distiches with prominent themes of Happiness and Good Fortune, Long Life and the Wealth. It’s also tradition to give money in red envelopes on the New Year’s Day.

This event is the time for family’s gathering, and people mostly visit their relatives and friends. They also make plans for the coming year, watch the traditional shows, and display the fireworks, do shopping and much more. In the modernized China, the working people have holidays for 7 days to celebrate the great event. After the family gathering, some modern families also visit tourist places to celebrate the festival.

Zodiac Sign of Chinese New Year 2017

Chinese New Year represented by a zodiac sign recognized as Sheng Xiao. It bases on the 12-year cycle, every year in this cycle associated with an animal sign. The signs are Ox, Rat, Rabbit, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Snake, Monkey, Sheep, Dog, Rooster and Pig. Chinese Lunar calendar determines the zodiac sign of the year.

Rooster, the tenth zodiac sign, is the Zodiac Sign of the year 2017. The coming Rooster years include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

Lucky Colors for Rooster:

Brown, Gold, and Yellow

Rooster Lucky Flowers:

Cockscomb and Gladiola

The Lucky Numbers for Rooster:

8, 7, and 5

Days for Rooster:

4th and 26th day of any lunar month of Chinese calendar

Months Lucky for Rooster:

Second, Fifth and Eleventh lunar month of Chinese calendar

Direction Lucky for Rooster:

Southeast and South

Unlucky Colors for Rooster:

Red

Numbers Unlucky for Rooster: 

1, 3, and 9

Unlucky Direction for Rooster:

East

Unfortunate Months for Rooster:

Third, Ninth, and Twelfth lunar month of Chinese calendar

 

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