chinese new year Lantern Festival Lantern Festival 2011
Lantern Festival is also called yuanxiao festival or yuanxiaojie, it on the fifteenth day of chinese new year!Lantern Festival The 15th day of the 1st lunar month. chinese valentine’s day is also Lantern Festival.
The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is the Chinese Lantern Festival because the first lunar month is called yuan-month and in the ancient times people called night Xiao. The 15th day is the first night to see a full moon. So the day is also called Yuan Xiao Festival in China.
According to the Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time, people will try to solve the puzzles on the lanterns and eat yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball) and get all their families united in the joyful atmosphere.
History of Lantern Festival
Until the Sui Dynasty in the sixth century, Emperor Yangdi invited envoys from other …
The days of Spring Festival 2011 begins on Feb 3 2011, end on Feb 18 2011.Spring FestivalThe New Moon on the first day of the new year– the full moon 15 days later
Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. A reunion dinner is held on New Year’s Eve, when Chinese New Year food including Chinese dumplings and spring rolls is eaten.Before the eve of the New Year, everyone tries to come back home from every corner of the country to join the entire family, just like Americans’ practice for Christmas, to greet the New Year. A New Year big dinner is served. After the meal, the table is cleared, dishes washed and put away. Then it is time to undertake final preparations to meet the New Year.
The Chinese character "fu" (meaning blessing or happiness) is a must. The character put on paper can be pasted normally or upside down, for in Chinese the "reversed fu" is homophonic with "fu comes", both being pronounced as "fudaole." What’s more, two …
Taboos of Chinese New Year
there are something that chinese people Taboo to do,like:
1. The entire house should be cleaned before New Year’s Day, mostly chinese people will clean the entire house 3 days before chinese new year,and the first three days of chinese new year, chinese people will not clean their,they think that cleaning the house in these three days will banish the God of Wealth.
2.Shooting off firecrackers and fireworks on Chinese New Year’s Eve is the tradional Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the new.
Chinese call year "nian",in chinese legend"nian" is a horrific animal, so they Shooting off firecrackers and fireworks to scare away the animal "nian".
3. Nothing should be lent on New Year’s Day，as anyone who does so will be lending all the year if they lending thing in the first day of chinese new year. All debts have to be paid by Chinese New Year’s Eve.
4. Everyone should refrain from using fou language and bad or unlucky words. Negative terms and the word "four"， or "si" …
Chinese new year Temple Fair
City God Temple Fair in chinese new year
The most important holiday of Chinese people is Chinese New Year，which also called the Spring Festival or lunar new year. During the Spring Festival days，everybody goes back to their hometown and spends several days with their family together，and people hold many celebrations，like Chinese new year Temple Fair, chinese new year dragon, chinese new year lion dance, etc. Beijing has several fairs during the period too. The fairs are held at various ancient temples，so chinese ppeople call them "temple fairs." Temple fairs，originated along with the development of Buddhist and Taoist activities，are a kind of mass gatherings that integrate religious worship，entertainment and commerce.
Temple fairs in Beijing have a very long history，and saw a boom especially during the Ming and Qing dynasties （1368-1911） as well as the Republic of China（1912-1949）.Major temples all have their own festivals，some of which are held regularly. During the Spring Festival，temple fair is one of the most important activities，and a traditional cultural event that features all kinds of Chinese folk art. …
Kung Hei Fat Choi is the most normal and useful chinese new year greeting message! in fact, if you want you pronounce more similar to chinese Mandarin you can say"gone see far Choi".If you want to greeting in Cantonese,then "Kung Hei Fat Choi“is the right pronunciation.
Children and teenagers sometimes jokingly use the phrase,roughly translated as "Congratulations and be prosperous, now give me a red envelope!".
In the Hakka dialect the saying is more commonly said as ‘Gung hee fatt choi, fung bao diu loi’ which would be written as 恭喜發財,紅包逗來 – a mixture of the Cantonese and Mandarin variants of the saying.
Back in the 1970s, children in Hong Kong used the saying: 恭喜發財,利是逗來,伍毫嫌少,壹蚊唔愛 (Cantonese), roughly translated as, "Congratulations and be prosperous, now give me a red envelope, fifty cents is too little, don’t want a dollar either." It basically meant that they disliked small change – coins which were called "hard substance" (Cantonese: 硬嘢). Instead, they wanted "soft substance" (Cantonese: 軟嘢), which was either a ten dollar or a twenty dollar bill.…
when I was young, my family is very poor, all my pocket money is the money I get on chinese new year day that called Lucky money.Lucky money is put in an envelopes that called money envelopes.
The spring festival is the loveliest in China， which is comes in February. Everyone loves it so much that prepare lots of things of the spring festival before it comes. In the spring festival holiday， people do many things， such as eat the dinner on the New Year‘s， set off fireworks， stroll the famous fair likes“Baiyunguan” fair. Especially for some children or teenager is “lucky money".
On the first day of lunar，the young generation congratulates the old generation with “Happy New Year!”
Then the old generation will give the young some lucky money which wrapped with red paper or red envelope. Because red is a color with joyful. Lucky money means the old generation‘s love to the young and hope them can have a good luck in this new year. this is the lucky money which lots of the young …
The CCTV Chinese New Year s Gala
Chinese New Year Gala is a variety show held by China Central Television (CCTV) since 1983. For every year since then at the turn of the Lunar New Year, the program begins at 8:00PM and lasts five or six hours. It brings laughter to billions of people, creates many popular words and produces lots of TV phenomena meriting attention. For over twenty years, its value has gone far beyond a variety show. It is essential entertainment for the Chinese both at home and abroad. Many Chinese would like to watch the gala while having the dinner on New Year’s Eve.
customs of the Spring Festival
Chinese new year 2011 is coming, so we talk about some customs of chinese new year.Chinese new year is also called lunar new year or spring festivale The Spring Festival is a traditional Chinese festival and also the most important one of the whole year. Through the evolvement of thousands of years, a series of customs are spreading far and wide.
Sweeping the Dust
“Dust” is homophonic with “chen”（尘）in Chinese, which means old and past. In this way, “sweeping the dust” before the Spring Festival means a thorough cleaning of houses to sweep away bad luck in the past year. This custom shows a good wish of putting away old things to welcome a new life. In a word, just before the Spring Festival comes, every household will give a thorough cleaning to bid farewell to the old year and usher in the new.
Pasting Spring Couplets
“The Spring Couplet”, also called “couplet” and “a pair of antithetical phrases”, is a special form of literature in China. The Spring Couplet is composed of two …
chinese new year lantern
chinese new year lantern is a very important and traditional decoration in chinese new year days!
The lantern is one of the most prominent symbols of the Chinese New Year. In fact there is an entire festival known as the Chinese lantern festival celebrated at the time of New Year. In local lingo the festival is known as Yuan Xiao. It gets its name from the first month of the year which is called Yuan where as the second half of the name is what the ancient people used to refer to as night.
Chinese Lantern Festival is called Yuan Xiao festival in China because the first lunar month is called yuan-month and in the ancient times people called night Xiao. The Lantern festival occurs fifteenth day after the first moon and is the first night to see a full moon. According to the Chinese tradition, at the very start of a new year, when there is a bright full moon in the sky, the presence of thousands of colorful lanterns hung out will make people …