New Year In China

Staff Writer- Brooke Schoonmaker

This year the Chinese new year started on January 28th. The Chinese new year is also known as “spring festival” in Modern China. The reason it starts at this time and not on the first of January  is because it marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year which is when there is a start of the new moon. The new year depends on the moon, it can range from January 21st to February 20th. Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in their calendar. Each year is named after these following twelve animals. Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. This are the Chinese Zodiacs. The animals have a year dedicated to them every 12 years in the new year cycle. The animals also have their own meanings as well.

There are many things you have to do to prepare for the Chinese new year it happens over the process of 15 days. Before the actual holiday people clean their homes to get it ready for the holiday and for friends and family to come over , but when the holiday actually rolls around they say “you can NOT pick up a broom in case you sweep away the good luck”. Schools and businesses are closed the first few days of the new year so people can spend time with their friends and families. There are some traditional foods that they eat as well. For example, Chicken Noodle Soup which brings good luck for the year ahead. Fish is also a must to eat because it is said to bring a surplus of money and good luck into the new year. I personally think that eating these foods for a new year is a very unique tradition and I would like to start it.

People enjoy to watch parades and performances with people dressed in traditional clothes. Fireworks may also be set off because it is known that the noise will scare away any evil spirits coming for the  twelve months ahead. Adults may give kids red envelopes with their names on it usually with money inside as well. These festivities continue on for two weeks. When the two weeks are up they finish with a special lantern festival which signals that it is the end of the new year celebration period and eat dumplings. About the eighth day of the new year people go back to work and school and then the last day they come back and watch the lanterns. Gaya Street during Chinese New Yearthe lanterns on the 15th day

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3242697822_82232fe8e9_osome food they eat during the new year

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