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Chinese New Year – Friday, January 31, 2014

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year

The New Year Celebrations in the Chinese nation that are popularly known as Spring Festival, are going to be held soon. According to the official statements, the spring festival is going to be conducted on the 23rd day of 12th lunar month. The dates are released after reviewing the Chinese calendar. It is being reported that the celebrations will remain continue for the 23 long days and will be concluded on the 15th day of 1st lunar month, according to the Chinese calendar. So, there’s a big celebration coming among the Chinese nation that surely will be rejoiced at peak. Let’s analyze the public behavior and its anticipation regarding the New Year.

 What Chinese Do on New Year ?

Chinese people do a lot preparations for celebrating the new year as mentioned in their lunar calendar, unlike other world. In order to give a warm welcome to Spring Festival, Chinese clean their homes, streets, towns, cities and the entire country as well. In addition to it, many of the house owners prefer to hang red posters at which poetic verses are drafted. These posters are basically placed on the entrance door of the house. Red is the color that Chinese mostly use in the preparation and celebration of national and religious events. Same is the case when it comes to New Year Celebration. Many house owners decorate the walls with the lush red based New Year pictures and the entire home with red lanterns. Chinese consider this event as source of family gathering, friends get to gather, and brotherhood. On this day, relatives exchange gifts with each other and enjoy the late hour celebrations with Bar B Q dinner alongside neighbors, friends, and colleagues.

As the New Year Day passes, many people set fireworks and firecrackers in evening. This is basically done to entertain people and to give a positive message to the entire world that Chinese nation value its religious as well as national events. Children are offered with “luck” money on this day. Moreover, people greet each other warmly and wear new set of clothes. There are special activities that are done on this day like striking gongs, beating drums, dancing and partying. However, every person tries to celebrate the joy of New Year in its own unique, attractive and appealing approach.

 Public life On Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Day has always been a national holiday in the entire country. Colleges, schools, government offices, private companies and universities remain closed for the first week of Spring Festival. On the 7th day of 1st lunar month, everyday life gets back into the action but celebrations are kept continued till the 15th day of 1st lunar month, according to the Chinese calendar. However, government ensures the provision of public transport even when all other business observe holidays. Similarly, emergency services in the hospitals and some important enterprises like banks arrange shit duty for workers on special days. Government can’t afford to close banks on this day because the nation generates a handsome amount of revenue on New Year Day.

 Background Of  Chinese New Year

The history and background related to the Chinese New Year is told by the Chinese scholars in the light of historical documents on this day so that the children and youth can be educated about the background of every event. Actually, there was once an emperor from ancient china’s mythology who is supposed to be arrived at thrown on this day around 4 thousand years ago. On the day of his arrival, the first order that was released by him for the ministers is to start worshipping the earth and heaven. From that day till today, Chinese consider as the 1st lunar month as per their calendar. This is how Chinese scholar demonstrates the concept of New Year that is celebrated according to the lunar calendar. According to some reliable resources, it has also been confirmed that Chinese adopted the exact Georgian calendar, back in 1911. That is yet another reason of labeling the Chinese New Year Day as Spring Festival.

Symbols Of  Chinese New Year

At first, the concept of red lanterns and banners on which the verses are drafted in red color is considered as a sort of amulet, however, it has been transformed as in the meaning of joy and good fortune, later. China is one of the few countries in which symbols are given special significance. Chinese nations intensely believe in the expression of symbols. For example, the image of fish is symbolized as “multiple needs that are being demanded by the immediate members of the family every year”. Similarly, a firecracker is symbolized as “good luck for the upcoming year”. The red lanterns are symbolized as “to pursue the beautiful and bright”.

As, it is now a known fact that the New Year celebrations for the Chinese are based upon the lunar and Georgian calendars because the track of the moon changes every year, that is why there is slight difference in dates can be observed. However, the New Year Date always lies somewhere between late January and mid February. Following is the relative chart for the past and upcoming Chinese Year along with the animal signs. Chinese New Year, 2014 or Spring Festival 2014 is going to be held on Friday – 31st January, 2014. The official animal symbol for the year 2014 will remain “horse”.

Year Chinese New Year Begins Animal Sign
2008 February 7 Rat
2009 January 26 Ox
2010 February 14 Tiger
2011 February 3 Rabbit
2012 January 23 Dragon
2013 February 10 Snake
2014 January 31 Horse
2015 February 19 Sheep
2016 February 8 Monkey
2017 January 28 Rooster
2018 February 16 Dog
2019 February 5 Pig

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