Chinese New Year 2016 – Significance
Chinese New Year 2016 will celebrated in China between 21 January and 20 February. They follow lunar calendar and is also known as Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve. Chinese New Year is celebrated with food, families, lucky money (usually in a red envelope), and many other red things for good luck. Lion and dragon dances, drums, fireworks, firecrackers, and other types of entertainment fill the streets on this day. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name.
Chinese New Year 2016 – Significance
Chinese New Year is celebrated as festivals and they called it Nian festival (Nian eans to pass the year). Chinese New Year’s Day itself was traditionally named Yuandan literally “the first sunrise”.
The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, Rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year’s Day. 2016 is a year of the Monkey.
Chinese New Year’s Eve
Chinese New Year’s Eve represents the fresh start of a new year after a period of remembrance of the passing year, including on radio, television and in newspapers, which starts in early December in countries around the world. It is a day where families China gather for their annual “Reunion dinner”reunion dinner, named as Nian Ye Fan, is known as “Evening of the Passing”
Pasting red couplets, hanging red lanterns, the New Year reunion dinner, setting off firecrackers, giving red envelops to kids etc are very famous.
Chinese New Year’s Eve Food
The New Year’s Eve food includes dishes of meat, fish, leek, jau gok, jiaozi, mandarin oranges, noodles, cakes and seafood (e.g. lobster and abalone) etc.
Red Envelopes or Red Packets are the traditional gifts given to each other during this festivals. This is not restricted to particular elders or seniors it may also given to kids or children. Red packets almost contain money and it may vary from one or two dollars to several hundreds. And the amount should be in even numbers. Each even numbers has some significance and Number 8 is considered as lucky and is being exchange most of the time in China and in U.S. Odd and even numbers are determined by the first digit, intead of the last.
The act of asking for red packets is normally called (Mandarin).
“Happy New Year!” (Xīn Nián Hǎo Ya; literally: “New Year’s Good, Ya”) is a popular children’s song for the New Year holiday. The melody is similar to the American folk song, Oh My Darling, Clementine. Due to the influence of “New Year’s Day”, others use Auld Lang Syne instead of this song.
Clothing mainly featuring the color red or bright colors is commonly worn throughout the New Year because it was once believed that red could scare away evil spirits and bad fortune.
Chinese New Year Symbols
Chinese New Year symbols is the red diamond-shaped fu characters which are displayed on the entrances of Chinese homes. For the Cantonese-speaking people, if the fuk sign is hung upside down, the implied dao (upside down) sounds like the Cantonese word for “pour”, producing “pour the luck.
The following are popular floral decorations for the New Year and are available at new year markets
Plum Blossom – symbolizes luckiness
Kumquat – symbolizes prosperity
Narcissus – symbolizes prosperity
Sunflower – symbolizes a plant of good year
Eggplant – a plant to heal all of your sickness
Chom Mon Plant – a plant which gives you tranquility
When is Chinese New Year 2016?
It starts from 8 February 2016 and goes on till fifteenth day.
How Long is the Chinese New Year?
It is celebrated worldwide to mark the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year and celebrations can last for about 15 days.