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Celebrating The Chinese New Year.
Transcript of Celebrating The Chinese New Year.
Long ago,A beast named Nian attacked China.The people later learned that the beast was afraid of the color red,fireworks,and lights.It is said that "the beast only attacked once a year".That day is now called the Chinese New Year or in China they will say "Gung Hee Fat Choy".This year January 31, 2014 marks the Year of the Horse.The Chinese New Year will start with a new moon and end on a full moon.
The candy tray is either arranged in a circle or octagon called,"The Tray Of Togetherness".The candy tray is used to start the New Year sweetly. After eating some candy off the tray the adults put a red envelope in the center of the tray.In the envelope may contain gifts,money,etc.The box below displays what is on the candy tray.
Celebrating Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse
15 Days Celebration of The Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Decorations
* Candied melon - growth and good health
* Red melon seed - dyed red to symbolize joy,happiness, truth and sincerity
* Lychee nut - strong family relationships
* Cumquat - prosperity (gold)
* Coconut - togetherness
* Peanuts - long life
* Longnan - many good sons
* Lotus seed - many children
The Candy Tray
The 1st day of celebration it is said to be,"The welcoming of the gods of the heavens and earth".
Day 2 - The chinese people pray to their ancestors as well as the gods.
Days 3 & 4 - The sons in laws pay respect to their parents in law.
Day 5 - No friends and families are allowed to visit each other because it will bring their parties bad luck.
Day 6 - the Chinese visit the temples to pray for good fortune and health.
Day 7 - it is considered the birthday of human beings.
Day 8 - The Fujian people have a family reunion dinner.
Day 9 - The chinese make greetings to the Jade Emperor.
Day 10s -12 - Friends and families are invited to dinners.
Day 13 - since they already ate on the 10th through the 12th they just eat simple rice congee,etc.
Day 14 - They prepare for the Lantern Festival which is held on the 15th day.
On New Years day,The chinese decorate with vases of pretty blossoms ,platters of oranges and tangerines,etc.New decorations are put up every year and are kept up throughout the year to welcome luck,health,and prosperity.
The plants are used to symbolize rebirth and new growth.The tangerines are used to make sure that relationships remain secure.It is said that "The oranges and tangerines are symbols of abundant happiness".
Chinese New Year Clothing
Every member of the family wears new clothes to start the brand New Year off. Any accessories must be new.The clothing mainly features the colour red because it is believed that it will scare evil spirits away.
The chinese people typically wear the new clothes to symbolize the brand new year.It states that "Wearing new clothes means that you have enough to use and wear in the New Year".
Chinese New Year Dragon Dance
Dragons are of course legendary animals, but they are important to Chinese people who think of dragons as helpful, friendly creatures. They are linked to good luck, long life and wisdom.
Chinese New Year Fireworks
The chinese people use fireworks to scare away evil spirits.The fireworks get launched right after 12:00pm to celebrate the New Year.The person who fires the firework is said to have good luck in the new year.The burning of the firecrackers also signifies a joyful time of the Chinese New Year celebrations.Friends and families gather together to see this spectacular moment of their lives.
Chinese New Year Red Envelope
These red packets are given from adults to children,especially married couples.They are traditionally passed out during the Chinese New Year celebration.Inside the packets contain money, messages,etc.It was believed that money from the red packets will suppress the evil spirits from the children.Red envelopes are kept under their pillows and slept on for seven days before opening.
How The Chinese New Year Ends
he chinese celebration ends with the Lantern Festival.The Lantern Festival begins on February 14 2014.
The children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solving riddles.The chinese celebration is a great way to come together as friends and families party and eat all day long.The chinese people can't wait for the next New Year,which begins on February 19,2015.
Dragon dances are performed at New Year to scare away evil spirits. During the dance the performers hold poles and raise and lower the Dragon.