Chinese New Year (Events (, At the lantern festivel there are many…
Chinese New Year
At the lantern festivel there are many different celebrations, dragon dancing and lion dancing parades, watching lanterns, guessing lantern riddles, flying Kongming lantern, walking on stilts, eating Yuanxuan,
On this day lots of people light lanterns and send them into the sky. On day heaps of families light fire crackers to welcome the New Year
On the sixth day of the celebrations Chinese get rid of old clothes and clean the house.
Each day from day 5 to 20 is a different event. On day 15 there is a huge lantern festival.
In the Chinese new year the Chinese wear lots of tradional clothing.
Men, and boys wear cotton - padded jackets and long pants.
Woman mostly wear close fitting dresses with side vents., younger girls also wear these dresses but, also wear cotton-padded jackets.
Chinese costumes are often red because it is believed to scare off evil spirits and bad fortune.
Some people will wear new clothes to symbolise the new year.
When Chinese New Year comes around there are lots popular songs that are played. One of the popular songs is called Gongxl, Gongxl, in English means Greetings, Greetings
The songs are often upbeat and happy, to start the new year.
The Lion dance is a popular dance done during the New Years celebration. It symbolises power and wisdom, and is preformed to bring good luck and for the upcoming year.
The Lion dance is preformed by two dancers, one person in at the front controlling the head and legs and one at the back controlling the hind legs.
Each zodiac has three different words that say something about the sign and the people, for example the dragon says, active, strong, fun loving
2019, this year is said to be the year of the pig.
Each year is animal, and each animals has certain years on it. So if you were born in 2006 then you would be a pig
There are twelve zodiac signs each with a different meaning, and a different year
The twelve signs are, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and pig
The rabbit and the dragon are the very important to the Chinese New Year because, Chinese believe that they decended from the dragon, and on the New Year Chinese make rabbit lanterns. The rabbit symbolises a Chinese god called Chang E
Chinese often sweep of their house before New Years to get rid of any bad luck from the old year. It is bad luck to sweep out your house on New Years day
Fire crackers are lit in the first three days that made loud banging noises to scare away the bad luck. Chunlian get marked with messages that say positive things and good fortune. The colour red is popular in Chinese culture because it is believed to scare of the monster Nian who is thought to come every New Years Eve.
Before New Years families put lights outside their house and paint the doors and window with a fresh coat of red paint. Fire crackers and narrow pieces of paper are hung (called Chunlian) outside the door on New Years Eve to bring good luck.
In Chinese at new year the food symbolises different meanings.
Dumplings signify a family reunion and are eaten at midnight,
Chinese put a gold coin in one of the dumplings, the crescent shaped Jiaozi signify wealth.
Spring rolls and clams mean wealth and. Spring rolls mean wealth because they look similar to gold bars to the Chinese.
Lion head meatballs symbolises power and strength.
There are lots of Legends around the Chinese New Year. The Monster of Nian is a legend that is often told. Nian is a thought to be a vicious monster that has sharp teeth and horns. Nian would come out of the sea every New Years eve and attack villages. People would evacuate to isolated mountains to escape Nian. To scare off this monster villages made there own monster. When the monster came they moved their monster and beat on big drums making loud noises to scare off the monster. Now every year there is a dance done on New Years Eve based on this legend.