This January 23rd, 2012 is Chinese New Year's day. It is the year of the Dragon.
The Chinese New Year is an important festival and is celebrated with great excitement. The day is basically celebrated on the occasion of the initial day in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is regarded as the most important festival for all the Chinese folk, around the world.
It is a tradition among the Chinese to name each year after an animal from the Chinese zodiac. In the days, preceding the Chinese New Year, the Chinese clean their residences and then decorate them. The decorations are done keeping in mind the Chinese New Year. In preparations of the Chinese New Year, the Chinese settle their debts and also make offerings. They buy new cloths and prepare a lot of food for use in the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Positive Aspects of Chinese New Year Celebration on the Chinese New Year, members of a family come from far flung places. People give and take New Year cards with their relatives and friends. Families across China hold reunion dinners just the day before the Chinese New Year arrives. In this dinner one is not allowed to dwell in negative thoughts or use foul language while speaking.
Among the major attractions of the Chinese New Year celebration are small fireworks and lion dances. On this day red papers are pasted on both sides of houses. These red papers contain Chinese characters that show wealth and prosperity. Chinese give out ang-pows to the old people and the kids. The ang-pows are red packets that contain money.
They also practice open houses for their relatives and friends, who belong to different ethnic races. The Chinese New Year celebrations last for a fortnight but the emphasis are primarily on the first three days.
Thank you very much and all the best to all of you ... If you are living nearby a china town as Paris, The Hague, Amsterdam, sure, it will be a great shooting opportunity ;) Don't miss it. THe celebration/parade should be at the 28-29 jan for oversee.
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