Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese Calendar. It will be celebrate on 8 February 2016. Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizable Chinese population resides. Since Chinese New Year falls on different dates on the Gregorian calendar every year on different days of the week. The number of days for Chinese New Year Calendar varies from 3 days to 15 days, the highest number is for the United States. Here full Chinese New Year calendar is given in detail from which you can plan your holidays.
Chinese New Year Calendar
FIRST DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
First Day of Chinese New Year Calendar is for the welcoming of the deities of the heavens and earth, officially beginning at midnight. People Usually burn Crackers, bamboo sticks and honor one’s elders and families visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended families, their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Some families may invite alion dance troupe as a symbolic ritual to usher in the Chinese New Year as well as to evict bad spirits from the premises. Members of the family who are married also give red envelopes containing cash known as lai see or angpow.
SECOND DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
The second day of Chinese New Year Calendar, known as “beginning of the year”. Business people of the Cantonese dialect group will hold a ‘Hoi Nin’ prayer to start their business on the 2nd day of Chinese New Year so they will be blessed with good luck and prosperity in their business for the year.
THIRD DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
The third day of Chinese New Year Calendar is known as “red mouth” Chigou, literally “red dog”, is an epithet of “the God of Blazing Wrath”. Rural villagers continue the tradition of burning paper offerings over trash fires. It is considered an unlucky day to have guests or go visiting. This is also considered a propitious day to visit the temple of the God of Wealth.
FOURTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
In those communities that celebrate Chinese New Year for 15 days, the fourth day is when corporate “spring dinners” kick off and business returns to normal. Other areas that have a longer Chinese New Year holiday will celebrate and welcome the gods in this day
FIFTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
Fifth day of Chinese New Year Calendar is the god of Wealth’s birthday. It is also common in China that on the 5th day people will shoot off firecrackers to get Guan Yu’s attention. In northern China, people eat jiaozi, or dumplings, on the morning of powu.
SEVENTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
The seventh day, traditionally known as Renri (the common person’s birthday), is the day when everyone grows one year older. In Southeast Asia it is also the day when tossed raw fish salad, yusheng, is eaten for continued wealth and prosperity.
For many Chinese Buddhists, this is another day to avoid meat. The seventh day commemorating the birth of Sakra, lord of the devas in Buddhist.
EIGHT DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
On Eight Day of Chinese New Year Calendar family dinner is held to celebrate the eve of the birth of the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven. Approaching 12 midnight on this day, Hokkien people prepare for the “Jade Emperor ritual”. In Malaysia, especially, people light fireworks, often more than on the first day.
NINTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
The ninth day of of Chinese New Year Calendar is a day for Chinese to offer prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven in the Daoist Pantheon. This day, called Ti Kong Dan. Hokkiens will offer thanks to the Emperor of Heaven. Incense, tea, fruit, vegetarian food or roast pig, and gold paper is served as a customary protocol for paying respect to an honored person.
TENTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
The Jade Emperor’s party is celebrated on tenth day of Chinese New Year Calendar
THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
Thirteenth day of Chinese New Year Calendar is dedicated to the General Guan Yu, also known as the Chinese God of War. People will eat pure vegetarian food – in the belief that it will clean out their stomachs. Almost every organization and business in China will pray to Guan Yu on this day. Before his life ended.
FIFTEENTH DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDER
The fifteenth day of the new year is celebrated as “Yuanxiao Festival”. Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. This day is celebrated as the Lantern Festival, and families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns. In China, Malaysia and Singapore, this day is celebrated by individuals seeking for a romantic partner, akin to Valentine’s Day.
This day often marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.