Chinese Spring Festival

Jan 25, 2020

The Chinese lunar New Year is called Spring Festival, another name for the Spring Festival is Chinese New Year. It is the largest, most lively and most solemn ancient traditional festival in China. It is unique to Chinese people and also a festival that symbolizes reunion, prosperity and new hopes for the future. The Spring Festival generally refers to New Year's eve and the first day of the first lunar month. It is recorded that Chinese people have celebrated the Spring Festival for more than 4,000 years. There are many versions about the origin of the Spring Festival, but the one widely accepted by the public is that one day in 2000 BC during the reign of emperor Yushun, Shun succeeded the throne and led his subordinates to worship heaven and earth. From then on, people regard this day as the beginning of the year. It is said that this is the origin of the lunar New Year, later called the Spring Festival.China's ancient folks already had the customs of the Spring Festival for long long time, but it was not officially called the Spring Festival until the revolution of 1911, in order to distinguish the lunar calendar and the solar calendar, jnwe had to rename the first day of the first lunar month to "Spring Festival".

The Spring Festival foods mainly include: rice cake, dumplings, Ciba, Tangyuan, poached eggs, big meatballs, whole fish, wine, oranges, apples, peanuts, melon seeds, candy, tea and Chinese dishes. Especially New Year's eve dinner, it had great significance: Firstly, the whole family must get together, those who do not return must leave a seat and a set of tableware to reflect the meaning of reunion. Secondly, rich foods, pay attention to "talk with good & lucky words".

The lucky money was originally intended to drive away evils and ghosts, and gradually formed the customs of the Spring Festival. Chinese eat dumplings, Tangyuan, rice cakes at Spring Festival for good luck, reunion and promotion every year. Dragon dance was originally used to worship and entertain the gods during the Spring Festival, and later developed into a folk literature and art activity. Setting off fireworks and firecrackers are aged customs of the Spring Festival, it intended to drive out evil and plague, get geely peace, welcome and celebrate the lunar New Year.

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