Chinese New Year

WIKIPEDIA: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is sometimes called the “Lunar New Year” by English speakers. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: zhēng yuè) in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year’s Eve is known as chú xī. It literally means “Year-pass Eve”.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most.

During the first day of a new year Chinese use lamps and fireworks to scare bad spirits and to attract good ones. In the evening of the first day a family meets its Home Spirit, who was on the heavens all the day long. During the second day married daughters meet their parents. During the third and the forth days people meet their friends. During the fifth day people eat dumplings. During the seventh day every man has a birthday. During the eighth day people eve the Jade Emperor’s birthday. During the ninth day people pray to the Jade Emperor. During the tenth day people celebrate the Jade Emperor’s birthday. During the thirteenth day people eat only vegetarian food. The last day за the celebration is the 15th day.

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