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2017 Longse New Year HolidaysDate: 2017-01-21

2017 Longse New Year Holidays

▼Celebration Dates of Chinese New Year 2017: Jan.27, 2017 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to Feb.11th, 2017 (Lantern Festival).

And Longse will close on Jan. 23th, and be back on Feb. 6th.

▼Chinese New Year 2017 is on Saturday January 28th, being the start of the Year of the Fire Rooster, which ends on Feburary 15th, 2018 according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Rooster years:…1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029… If you were born in a year listed, then you are a Rooster. Rooster years are believed to be the most unlucky for Roosters. Let’s see the forecasts for Roosters in 2017!

▼Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important traditional festival in China. It begins on the first day of the first lunar month (usually in late January or early February) and ends on the 15th day of the first lunar month (Lantern Festival).

Why do Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year? It is a time to celebrate the lucky last year and to wish for a prosperous new year. Celebrations include having annual reunion dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve, setting firecrackers, giving lucky money to children, ringing the New Year bell, sending Chinese New Year greetings, dragon and lion dancing, and Niu Yangge (traditional dance in northern China).

 

Traditional Customs for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebration is the most important celebration of the year. Chinese people may celebrate the

Chinese New Year in slightly different ways but their wishes are almost the same; they want their family members

and friends to be healthy and lucky during next year.

 

House Cleaning

To clean houses on the New Year Even is a very old custom dating back to thousands of years ago. The dust is traditionally

associated with “old” so cleaning their houses and sweeping the dust mean to bid farewell to the “old” and usher in the “new”.

 

House decoration

One of the house decorations is to post couplets on doors. On the Spring Festival couplets, good wishes are expressed. New

Year couplets are usually posted in pairs as even numbers are associated with good luck and auspiciousness in Chinese culture.

 

Family Reunion Dinner at Chinese New Year's Eve

Spring Festival is a time for family reunion. The New Year's Feast is "a must" banquet with all the family members getting together.

The food eaten on the New Year Even banquet varies according to regions. In south China, It is customary to eat "niangao" (New Year cake made of glutinous rice flour) because as a homophone, niangao means "higher and higher every year". In the north,

a traditional dish for the feast is "Jiaozi" or dumplings shaped like a crescent moon.

 

Staying up late ("Shousui")

Shousui means to stay up late or all night on New Year's Eve. After the great dinner, families sit together and chat happily to wait

for the New Year’s arrival.

 

New Year Greetings(Bai Nian)

On the first day of the New Year or shortly thereafter, everybody wears new clothes and greets relatives and friends with bows and Gongxi (congratulations), wishing each other good luck, happiness during the new year. In Chinese villages, some villagers may have hundreds of relatives so they have to spend more than two weeks visiting their relatives.

 

Lucky Money (also named Hong Bao or Red Envenlope)

It is the money given to kids from their parents and grandparents as New Year gift. The money is believed to bring good luck, ward off monsters; hence the name "lucky money". Parents and grandparents first put money in small, especially-made red envelopes and give the red envelopes to their kids after the New Year's Feast or when they come to visit them on the New Year. They choose to put the money in red envelopes because Chinese people think red is a lucky color. They want to give their children both lucky money and lucky color.

 

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