It's the Year of the OX !
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China's most important festival. It is time for a get together with families and also a week of an official public holiday in the country.
This year it will be year of the ox. The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar. The holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21. Therefore, each time the New Year in China falls on different dates of the usual Gregorian calendar anytime between January 21 and February 20.
Though falling in winter for the most of China, the Chinese New Year is popularly known as the "Spring Festival in China". Because it starts from the Beginning of Spring marking the end of winter.
Greetings common on this day:
Probably the most famous traditional greetings for Chinese New Year is the Cantonese "kung hei fat choi, literally translating to ‘greetings, become rich’. In Mandarin that would be gongxi facai /gong-sshee faa-tseye/.
The history of the Chinese New Year dates back to over 3,000 years which included the worshipping of heaven and earth. In Classic of Poetry, a poem written during Western Zhou, by an anonymous farmer, described how people cleaned up millet stack-sites, toasted to guests with mijiu, killed lambs and cooked the meat, went to their master's home, toasted to the master, and cheered for long lives together, in the 10th month of an ancient solar calendars, which was in autumn. The celebration is believed to be one of the prototypes of Chinese new year. In 1967 during the Cultural Revolution, official Chinese New Year celebrations were banned in China. The State Council of the People's Republic of China announced that the public should "Change Customs" and have a "revolutionized and fighting Spring Festival", and since people needed to work on Chinese New Year Eve, they did not have holidays during Spring Festival day. The public celebrations were reinstated by the time of the Chinese economic reform.
⦁ Re-union dinner with family on New Year's Eve
⦁ Firecrackers and fireworks, and
⦁ Giving each other red envelopes and other gifts
In many cities, from New Year's Day, traditional performances can be witnessed which include dragon dances, lion dances, and imperial performances like an emperor's wedding. A great variety of traditional Chinese products are on offer, and even rarely seen Chinese snacks are available.
Social media platforms like twitter have been already trending:
⦁ To safeguard their homes, people carve the gods’ names into peach wood tablets. By placing them outside their doors, they believe that they are able to scare the demons away
⦁ Parents give children money wrapped in red paper every New Year’s Eve as a sign of prosperity
⦁ People leave candies outside their homes to please the Stove God
⦁ The color red is significant to the festival as it supposedly grants protection against the monster named Nian
Team Checkbrand wishes all its readers a Happy, Prosperous and a safe Chinese Lunar year. To keep yourselves updated with the latest trends, visit Checkbrand.
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