The Lunar New Year Is Chinese New Year
The traditional Lunar New Year is what is often referred to as Chinese New Year.
For the Chinese some other Asian countries, the Lunar New means that
billions - over 400 million Chinese migrant workers included - will be
traveling home to be with their families, as is the tradition. In fact,
this is usually the only extended period of time off that many Chinese
laborers have. Many will make the trek to be with their families even
when sick. The trip can sometimes be a very long and challenging journey
by train, bus, car and even walking, back to the villages and towns
they grew up in.
Compared to the Western New Year, which began with the Gregarian
calendar a mere 430 years ago, the Lunar New Year began in China
thousands of years ago with the 21st Century B.C. Xia Dynasty and
strengthened during the following Shang Dynasty (16 - 11 B. C.).
Marking the Lunar New Year with celebration pre-dates Buddhism and Daoism.
The Lunar New Year grew out of myth and legend. Traditional telling
says celebrating the beginning of a new year began with a wizened old
man, an evil monster named Nian and a village called Peach Blossom
desperate to rid itself of the monster.
The evil monster, Nian, whose name means "year" would enter the
village and, with his beastly proportions, begin to prey on the
villagers at will. In desperation the villagers approached a wise old
man, asking what they could do to defeat the evil Nian.
The old man advised that when they heard the monster approach, they
should light red lanterns and throw firecrackers the monster's way. The
old man proceeded to dress himself in red and stood in the light of the
red lanterns, with red scrolls hanging at the doorway. When the monster
approached, the villagers diligently threw the firecrackers. Nian, being
startled by the firecrackers, looked up, saw the old man in red and the
hanging red scrolls and was consequently frightened off, never to be
heard from again.
Just to be sure, however, the Chinese began to annually celebrate the
monster's banishment soon after winter solstice, the darkest day of the
Lunar New Year Customs
Chinese tradition of celebrating New Year is older than Buddhism and
Daoism. As can be expected, customs and traditions have developed around
the fifteen day celebration of the Lunar New Year. Unfortunately, the
age of technology and practicality has ushered out many of the customs
that the Chinese had been practicing for thousands of years. However,
some do remain and the Chinese practice those traditions that mean the
most to their families.
The theme of the New Year continues to be one of prosperity, good
fortune and longevity. Many the traditions are practiced to ensure that
individuals and the family would experience prosperity, good fortune and
good luck through out the new year.
Some of the traditions have been included in Western New Year's Celebration which you will easily be able to identify.
- It is traditional to buy new red clothing to wear throughout the celebration.
- Poems and Chinese couplets called dui lian are written on
red paper, in Chinese characters because red symbolizes fire. Fire can
drive away any bad luck and bad spirits. They are hung at the door or
entrance to the home or hung in the hallways as part of the
- Fireworks are set off to get rid of the negative energy and spirits of the previous year.
- Traditional dragon dances are performed during the Festival of
Lanterns as part of the celebratory parades on the fifteenth day of the
New Year. Today's parade might also include marching bands and floats,
particularly in those celebrations in parts of the world other than
- On New Year's Eve, children are given red envelopes or packets called hong bao which are decorated with gold trim and traditionally have money in them.
- Families gather for huge dinners on New Year's Eve. These dinners
include many traditional foods such as dumplings with "gold" coins in
them, the Together Tray laden with candies and sweet fruits, oranges,
tangerines, and fish dishes.
- Candles and incense is burned throughout the time to encourage longevity for the family members.
- In most of the Asian countries celebrating Lunar New Year, incense
is placed in the temples. The first person to place the incense sticks
inside the temple will be blessed with good luck. As you can imagine,
many begin lining up at the temple doors very early in order to be first
- The house is cleaned thoroughly to rid it of any negative energy
from the previous year. Care is given not to sweep on New Year's day so
that all good fortune is not swept out the door. An offering is left in
the kitchen for the "kitchen god" in gratitude for the previous year's
bounty and to encourage plenty for the coming year.
- The house is decorated with red lanterns and red paper cutouts along with floral decorations.
Chinese New Year 2014
Chinese New Year 2014 is the most important celebration in the
Chinese calendar. Chinese months are considered by the lunar calendar,
with each month beginning on the darkest day. Chinese New Year
festivities usually begin on the first day of the month and continue
until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. People may get weeks of
holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year in china.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2014 is the Year of the
Horse, which starts on January 31, 2014, and ends on February 18, 2015.
The Horse is the seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of
12 Animal Signs.
In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and
perseverance. People born in the Year of the Horse are smart, fabulous
speakers who have a gift for getting through to other people. They
believe that their aim in life is "to ask for individual liberty and
Chinese Lunar New year celebration
Chinese New Year is the most popular and important festival in
Chinese culture. This Chinese New Year is celebrated on the new moon of
the first month according to the lunar calendar, and is a time for
family reunions and delicious feasts. Chinese New Year 2014 is on
January 31, 2014. It is the Year of the Horse. Divided into a 12 year
cycle, each Chinese lunar year is represented by an animal.
Similar to western astrology, the distinctiveness of the animal that
rules a special year will define a person from that birth-year. Chinese
new year is not considered as a religious event, it is make merry as
main festival of the Chinese culture to be held with great response. The
lunar calendar that changes every year, corresponds to the new moon
phase in either late January and February, goes through the fifteen
days, till the end of full moon.
Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration 2014
Called as Horse year, Chinese New Year is major holiday celebrated
by Chinese people greatly. It is a time to get together with family and
friend for reunion dinner and celebration. On this day, red clothing is
worn out to distant away immorality spirits and bad destiny and new
clothing also denotes beginning of new. People born in horse year are
believed to be stylish, overenthusiastic, electrifying, imaginative and
great speakers according to Chinese zodiac. These people are also
whispered to be replete with energy and humorous. The Chinese lunar New
Year celebration 2014 is leisurely coming that give opportunities to
millions of people to have fun and enjoy. It will teach lots about the
festival and clarify the reason why the festival is special in the