Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history. It is the grandest and the most important annual event for Chinese people. This year it has been celebrating on February 8. so maybe you have noticed recently some post on facebook of your Asian friends. During the celebration people are wishing for a lucky and prosperous coming year. This year is the year of Monkey according to a Chinese Zodiac.
Generally Chinese New Year starts one day before the official New Year and they celebrate with the family by watching the Chinese Gala on state TV, having dinner together and getting ready to set off firecrackers at midnight which symbolise “sounding out” the old year and “sounding in” the new year. The louder the three firecrackers, the better and luckier it’s believed to be for business and farming in the coming year. The New Year will last for 15 days and end with the Lantern Festival where families and streets are fully decorated in beautiful red lanterns.
There are several things we must do during the Spring Festival.
- Lucky money – Senior family members will give the Red Envelope (lucky money) to the younger ones in the family to wish them to have the best luck and realize their dreams for that year. At the same time, the retired people are going to receive the Red Envelope from their kids.
- Having dumplings – Dumplings have the similar shape of the ancient Chinese money which is believed to bring great fortune for the coming year.
- New clothes – Starting a new year with wearing new clothes means it will be a fresh and brilliant start for the coming year.
- RED Everywhere – People do believe RED is the luckiest colour this period as it is believed to be an auspicious colour and it will be from the RED envelope for the lucky money, RED decoration for the house even RED underwear!
By the time the whole of Asia is celebrating this special occasion, all the bad luck is left behind and all the good luck is waiting ahead.
Xin Nian Kuai Le (Happy CNY)!