The Year Of The Dog
THE YEAR OF THE DOG
Everyone loves a good holiday, right? Now imagine if the date of the holiday could come up at any time and is celebrated for a full month, wouldn’t that be so much fun?
The Chinese New Year Holiday is a celebration filled with colourful parades and festivals. Here’s all you need to know about it.
The Lunar Calendar
Our New Year festivities, take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1 but the Chinese New Year varies each year depending on the lunar calendar. It usually falls between January 31 and February 20.
A stranger can figure out your birth year just by your zodiac animal sign. Cool? The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle and each year has a corresponding animal (Dog, Snake etc.). For this year 2018, it’s the Year of the Dog which means people born in 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970 and 1958 are all ‘dogs’.
The traditional belief is that the animal you are represented by can tell a lot about your personality.
Time to get out cleaning supplies
According to the tradition, before the celebrations officially begin, families must perform meticulous cleaning rituals to honour deities that they believe will visit them and to sweep away the bad fortune on New Year’s Day.
The sight of a red cup at a party is exciting this effect is similar at the sight of the red envelope at the Chinese New Year celebration. Another great feature of this holiday is the gifting of red envelopes containing money. The red envelopes with clean new cash are given to younger from older people, bosses to employees and so on. Giving out old or wrinkled cash is seen as a sign of laziness. The colour red symbolizes energy and fortune.
In the case of stingy relatives, teens now have red envelope apps, so cash can be transferred digitally.
Nosy relatives transcend time and culture, and for such a major celebration that brings family members under the same roof, singles in their thirties most times rent a significant other just to avoid disapproving glances from relatives or intrusive questions. This is mostly because in China, having children and passing down the family name is one of the most important parts of their culture.
The Spring Festival
Yes, there’s a holiday in a holiday. The Spring Festival is celebrated during the Chinese New Year holiday, so sometimes they refer to the Chinese New Year as ‘The Spring Festival’. It’s called the Spring Festival because although it’s still wintry it marks the ‘Start of Spring’ signaling the end of the coldest part of winter.
Wine is Necessary
Who doesn’t look forward to a good reason to break out that expensive bottle of wine? There’s no important event without wine and the Chinese people love to drink. Who doesn’t?
Although there are strict toasting etiquette rules, and this includes seating arrangements, the order of toasts, how you hold the wine glass and how to eat with someone older than you.
With so much fun things to look forward to during the Chinese New Year holiday, it’s no wonder why so many people travel so as not to miss out on it. Want to join in the fun, and know more about chinese history? Then sign up today and learn Chinese with us. Zhù nǐ yǒu měihǎo de yītiān.