Day By Day Celebrations Of Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is an outstanding holiday celebrated according to the lunisolar calendar, at the time when the new moon begins. Usually, it falls between 21 January and 20 February. The forthcoming New Year is going to take place on Sunday, 28 January.
The celebration starts from New Year’s Eve and lasts until the middle of the first month, which is 15 days. Traditionally, it is the time for family reunion, gifts exchange, and honoring ancestors and gods interspersed with red colors, joy, and chasing of good luck in a new year.
On the contrary to a typical image of the New Year, the Spring Festival (another name for Chinese New Year) has its own features with which you may get acquainted below.
1. Since the celebration endures for 15 days, each of them has a specific mission. On the third and fourth days, there is a tradition when sons-in-law honor their parents-in-law. However, if in the family there is a relative who died in the past 3 years, it is preferred to stay at home not to let evil spirits penetrate into your house.
2. The 5th day is distinguished by pending the God of Wealth visit. On this day, leaving house for a long time is inappropriate as it may bring bad luck in case the God of Wealth pays a visit and you are away. A good thing is that you can finally sweep the floor on the 5th day of celebrations. No more worries on this subject.
3. From the 6th up to the 10th day of Chinese New Year you may again start going outside the home, visit relatives, and pray in temples for welfare in a coming year.
4. The 7th day of the first lunar month is called ‘renri’ or Human Day. To honor Nüwa, the god who created the world, people make a holiday drink of 7 kinds of vegetables and eat raw fish, which has a symbolic meaning of health.
5. The 8th day is known as the Completion Day, when Fujian people have a family dinner and pray to the god of heaven – the Jade Emperor.
6. By the way, it is the Jade Emperor’s birthday on the 9th day of festivities. On this day, all Chinese celebrate and thank this god for the creation of the Universe.
7. The most feasting days of Chinese New Year are the 10th, 11th, and 12th. Friends and relatives visit each other, eat exquisite meals, and definitely need some rest for the stomach, which they do get on the 13th day of holiday – the day to cleanse the digestive system.
8. On the 14th day, everyone is getting prepared for the Lantern Festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the full moon.
9. The key color of the holiday is considered to be red as it symbolizes the vitality and happiness of the future. People prepare gifts in red colors and buy red clothes, but they stay away from red underwear as it is one of the signs of bad luck.
10. Each Chinese New Year has an animal sign. The sign for the year 2017 is the Rooster. This animal portrays the image of fidelity and punctuality. However, people born under the Rooster’s sign should be careful in the forthcoming year as the year of one’s birth sign is the most unlucky year in the 12-year cycle.
Chinese New Year is a vivid example of how people preserve cultural traditions and maintain joyful spirit of the holiday.