Wednesday, 2 February 2011

How we celebrate the Chinese New Year

Tomorrow is the greatest day for Chinese people, it's our New Year's Day! They're celebrating not only in China, but also in countries where there're many Chineses such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, etc. I'm imagining what my parents and grannies have prepared to celebrate the New Year. This fact makes me feel a little bit homesick as it's time that every family member get together. I mean the "whole" family which includes grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandchildren, etc. We're quite numerous. The feeling is something similar to Christmas day but not really. According to the tradition, we offer food to gods andour deceased ancestors on a table in front of the altar. (The Chinese normally set an altar in the house.) We light candles and incense sticks in order to invite gods and our passed-away beloved ones. Each food, vegetable and fruit has the meaning. I'm posting here some pictures found in some websites as examples.

Oranges must be found on the table. We beleive they bring good luck and prosperity. Everything is in red theme, from decorations to the outfits. Wearing red color makes a good beginning of the year.

This year is the year of rabbit. The Chinese zodiac signs change each year and they're 12 in total. The signs have animals as symbols. Who are born in this year have the rabbit as zodiac sign. (I'm a dragon!)

Another thing I miss is dancing lions and dragons. The dancers wear masks. There's a type of long costume worn by more than one person. They dance along the streets with an orchestra composed by Chinese instruments. People drop cabbages into lion's and dragon's mouth and give red envelopes of money as a tip to dancers. When I was a child, my mom let us (me, sister and brother) wait at the terrace of the top of the house (it has 3 storeys). When the lion and dragon arrived, they saw us on the top so they climbed up to reach us. (The dancers are acrobats.) Small kids sometimes are afraid of them but bigger kids enjoy giving cabbages and tips very much.

Yet, kids are very happy when they go to meet relatives because they receive red envelops with money from adult relatives too. I remember that after the Chinese New Year's Day, at school children didn't talk about anything else, but how much they got in total. Classmates who were non-Chinese origin felt a bit envious towards the Chinese ones.

Before leaving, I'd like to wish my followers, Chinese or not, much happiness and luck in the rabbit year!

Happy Chinese New Year 2011!


  1. Rivalta,

    I hope your wish come true because we were badly start this year ... แง้ !!!

  2. Wow! Nice pictures. Keep writing naja. I'm your big fan. xoxo.

  3. Complimenti bellissimo post!
    Un abbraccio

  4. @ marifra79: Grazie mille e molto piacere di conoscerti! Il tuo blog è molto bello, sia dall' aspetto che il contenuto. Andrò a curiosare tra le tue ricette presto!

  5. Tanti cari auguri di buon anno!!!

  6. Ciao Mee, sul mio blog troverai una sorpresa, spero ti sia gradita, in ogni caso non sentirti impegnata in alcun modo! Bacioni!


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