Chinese New Year 2012

posted on 16th of january, 2012

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.

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone !

Comments (15)

Posted by Laurasinelle on January 18, 2012
Happy new chinese Year! Congratulations!
Posted by Linqong on January 18, 2012
Happy New Chinese Year!
Posted by Zenonk on January 18, 2012
Happy New Chinese Year!!!
Dragon year is good I guess?
Posted by Nero67 on January 18, 2012
Happy New Year!!!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on January 17, 2012
Happy New Year! K-
Posted by Digikhmer on January 17, 2012
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.
Posted by Francy874 on January 17, 2012
Happy New Year!!!
Posted by Egomezta on January 16, 2012
Enjoy congratulations.
Posted by Jdanne on January 16, 2012

In English: Happy New Year!
Posted by FabioConcetta on January 16, 2012
Happy Chinese New Year!!!
Posted by Picstudio on January 16, 2012
Happy New year!
Posted by Mariaam on January 16, 2012
Great! Happy Chinese New Year!!!
Posted by Jianbinglee on January 16, 2012
Very nice!
Posted by smartview27 on January 16, 2012
Happy New Year !
Posted by Clearvista on January 16, 2012
Very interesting - thank you very much. Happy new year to you. :)

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