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Chinese New Year

Sunday, 29 March 2009

chinese new year Chinese New Year comes in the winter new moon after the midwinter, particularly between January 21 and February 21. Every time the beginning of the year is determined individually, considering dates of new moons and the Sun longitude.

Each year of the 12-year cycle is named after one of the original 12 animals. Each animal has a different personality and different characteristics, color and element. We are not going to discuss all of them, but accentuate the one animal that is in charge of us in the year 2009, that is Ox! This year the Ox is not the simple animal but it is of Earth element, meaning that it is strongly intensified with its element and natural brown color. That is why the Ox will be quite straightforward and will show its best and worst features: lastingly gentle, peace-loving with rare flashes of intensive anger; persistence, patience, insistence, solid, without flexibility, inertia.

It is interesting that it was the Chinese who invented so western like entertainment staff like petards and fire crackers - fire flashes beautified the sky and entertained the public, also they exorcised the demons that, as it was believed, were looking for new housing on the eve of the New Year. And the Chinese people believed that they could succeed in it by noises and cracks. There is another Chinese tradition to face off evil spirits; this is to celebrate New Year in the red clothes that will scare away evil spirits and bad fortune and to contain the appetite of a monster that gets off its cage to regale itself on delicious people. Though when celebrating the New Year party we do not advise that you wear in red since it is obvious color for the monster, but the Ox hates this color and you only enrage the animal.

Take it as normal if you get two tangerines when leaving the house in China. If you don't, then you made a mistake when you failed to give your two tangerines to the hosts, when entering the house. The point is that the phrase «a couple of tangerines» sounds as «gold» in Chinese language, moreover the fruit's color is quite the same. Thus, when you bring tangerines to the host house, you bless their house and attract wealth to it, and leaving the house, you have a portion of warm wishes, as it is believed.

When meeting a New Year, the Chinese serve the table with traditional dishes from poultry, pork, vegetables or fish, sweet rice pies. Festive New Year dinner is, first of all, re-union dinner and even if a member of the family fails to attend the dinner, the place at the table is kept anyway.  At the end of the dinner it is also common for adults or young couples to give red envelopes or red packets to children with «happy money» since it is supposed that New Year notes will attract fortune to you during the whole year. And cleaning the house on or just after the New Year is frowned upon since the Chinese believe that modest and humorous Gods make gifts in form of dust and they are afraid to clean it away.

According to the Chinese tradition New Year is the reason to show the fortitude, even if you are seriously sick. It is widely believed that it is a bad luck to meet New Year in the bedroom; if you stay in bed- you will have bad luck within seven years. So, try your best to dress up, to apply makeup and go to the table and enjoy the holiday, and the fortune will follow you.

The Chinese do not use scissors or knives on the first day of the New Year; they believe that they could cut their luck that way.

It is interesting that the Chinese New Year is also known as the Holiday of Spring. And this is however reasonable since as Spring symbolizes revival of the nature and renewal, so people want to consider the new year as the new stage in their life where they are more successful, richer, happier and smarter. And be sure that even the most adventurous dreams come true!

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