The 15-Day Celebration of Chinese New Year
The first day of the Lunar New Year is the welcoming of the gods of the heavens and earth.Many people abstain from meat on the first day of the new year because it is believed that this will ensure long and happy lives for them.
On the second day, the Chinese pray to their ancestors as well as to all the gods. They are extra kind to dogs and feed them well as it is believed that the second day is the birthday of all dogs.
The third and fourth days are for the sons-in-laws to pay respect to their parents-in-law.
The fifth day is called Po Woo. On that day people stay home to welcome the God of Wealth. No one visits families and friends on the fifth day because it will bring both parties bad luck.
On the sixth to the 10th day, the Chinese visit their relatives and friends freely. They also visit the temples to pray for good fortune and health.
The seventh day of the New Year is the day for farmers to display their produce. These farmers make a drink from seven types of vegetables to celebrate the occasion. The seventh day is also considered the birthday of human beings. Noodles are eaten to promote longevity and raw fish for success.
On the eighth day the Fujian people have another family reunion dinner, and at midnight they pray to Tian Gong, the God of Heaven.
The ninth day is to make offerings to the Jade Emperor.
The 10th through the 12th are days that friends and relatives should be invited for dinner. After so much rich food, on the 13th day you should have simple rice congee and mustard greens (choi sum) to cleanse the system.
The 14th day should be for preparations to celebrate the Lantern Festival which is to be held on the 15th night.
The Festival of Lanterns takes place at the end of the Chinese New Year Celebration, on the fifteenth day of the first moon. Lanterns have been part of Chinese life for centuries so it's not surprising to see a festival of lanterns.
People usually hang lanterns in the gardens, outside the houses, and on the boats. These lanterns are signposts to guide guests and spirits of ancestors to the Lunar celebration. After a sumptuous fifteen-day feast, these lanterns light the way for the spirits back to the world beyond.
Silk, paper and plastic lanterns vary in shape and size and are usually multi-colored. Some are in the shapes of butterflies, birds, flowers, and boats. Other are shaped like dragon, fruit and animal symbols of that year. The most popular type of lantern is the "horse-racing" one, in which figures or animals rotate around the vertical axis of the lantern.
The special food for the Lantern Festival is Yuen Sin or Tong Yuen. These are round dumplings made with sticky rice flour. They can be filled and served as a sweet snack or made plain and cooked in a soup with vegetables, meat and dried shrimp. The round shape of the dumpling is a symbol of wholeness, completeness and unity.
The Lantern Festival is an occasion for families to get together and for everyone--young, old, rich and poor to have fun.
Yesterday is the lantern festival, can be noisy! according to the traditional chinese folk, the day of the magnificent on brand night, people points up lights all light, to show celebration. go out the moon, burning lamp burning, happy event put lantern riddle quiz, were yuanxiao, have a family reunion, the backdrop of the festival, feel happy.
At 7:00 in the evening, i just have a meal, the sky sounded the zhalei general noise, and bam! bam! bam! each a barrage of put up the fireworks! i hurried stop chopsticks, rushed out of dining room and father, brother ran upstairs to watch the fireworks to! because my home in this area are of high buildings! i stand on top of the panoramic view of all the scenery! fireworks rose! some like a blooming chrysanthemums! some like the dancing like fireflies, some like a snow mountain blasted general! the most beautiful to a few big fireworks, is likely the volcanic eruption, purples, green, yellow, a mountain even a mountain out! like a meteor scattered, lined with black night, gorgeous and dazzing! the dark of night as a bright
Read other people's fireworks, my brother and i also put their fireworks take out to put! i took out chongtianbao, lit, like a meteor shot out, trailing behind a long tail! colorful! brother took out the christmas tree, sent out a powerful sparks! color various kind! like a fountain, moving short, when light dark! sparks from the day and drop, like countless pearls hung in the sky! like heaven fell in the milky way. shine! still put yuhua is like fairy scattering flower, fell from the sky, and sometimes flower heart still open little, such as flower general. there's like ufo flash in the past, speed eyes can't keep up, some like a gyroscope general crazy rotating............. in the night
Finally put out the fireworks, about the quiet down, and to see this beautiful fireworks, reminds me of the xin qiji's jade case yuan xi, he found in the thousands of degrees, suddenly look back, that person but in, fire dim. yuan xiao party is over, but the happiness and laughter, a long time to curl up in our window...