Sunday, January 23, 2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Chinese new year

Feb 3 2011- the year of the Rabbit

Called the Lunar New Year, especially by people outside China.
Begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th.

The Chinese people age a year together. Tradition holds that on the seventh day of the new year, all people in China become a year older.
On the fifteenth and final day of the celebrations, the Chinese Lantern Festival is observed where members of Chinese families walk the streets with lanterns, marking the end of festivities and gorge on traditional dishes.

Japanese "tsujiura senbei" is a kind of fortune cookie associated with New Year festivities at Shinto Shrines. The cookies contain tsujiura (a writing that tells one's fortunes) inside a senbei (Japanese crackers).

Gifts - "Ang Pow"s, are red envelopes containing money, given to their kids or relatives by married couples only. Amount must be an even numbered amount and never an odd numbered one because the latter is usually associated with funeral money. Also, the money should never add up to anything with the number 4 in it, because 4 in Chinese sounds like the word death.
Month 1 as the beginning of their year.

Burning of firecrackers signify warding off evil spirits

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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