Chinese New Year 2013
Chinese New Year 2013
The Chinese New Year | CNY 2013 is known as the most significant holiday in China and it’s also known by the name of the Spring Festival. This festival actually welcomes the Lunar New Year and it’s actually the New Year’s Eve and Christmas of the Western countries concentrated into one great event. From when the sun will rise until the dawn will close in, people all over China will delight themselves with fun activities and will celebrate this Festival by eating traditional foods and dressing in traditional costumes.
Legend of Chinese New Year 2013
The fact is that no one knows exactly anything about the origins of this festival. But the legend goes that a long time ago, many thousands of years ago, a monster known by the name of “Nian” was attacking Chinese villages every year and it would eat everything that came in his way: buildings, plants, animals and even people. Yet one day in Spring when the dragon was about to come, villagers threw bamboo on a fire and also put red paper on their doors when the dragon was just arriving. Because it was startled by the fire the bamboo created and by the noise of the firecrackers, the dragon soon fled. And that explains why today, the word for year in Chinese is “nian”.
Ever since that day, Chinese people hang red lanterns and paper signs outside their houses and do also enjoy throwing firecrackers to make noise on New Year’s Eve. After gunpowder was invented, it was only natural that the bamboo was replaced by the firecrackers and people nowadays believe that the louder the firecrackers are, the more it will scare the dragon away.
Activities of the Spring Festival
A few days before the Spring Festival, people will clean their houses, as if they will sweep their homes on New Year’s Eve, it will mean they are sweeping their good fortune away. Objects that can bring bad luck like the use of sharp knives or breaking dishes are also avoided as much as possible.
In this time, every university student will go home and celebrate with his family this massive event. During the holiday, the whole country will be on the move and while some people will want to go and spend it with their family, others will just take advantage of this free time and spend it wherever they feel comfortable.
After people will gather up with their families, the central consideration will be the food. People will eat fish and other delicacies while enjoying spending time together longer than in other days of the year.
For children the Lunar new year is also a time of joy, as they will receive red envelopes which contain money or gifts. Family elders will distribute them and not only to children, but also to relatives who didn’t get married yet.
For those who are interested in the Chinese New Year 2013, there are a lot of surprises prepared for those who would like to attend.
Chinese Zodiac for 2013
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