Chinese New Year. 新年. 春節. Historical Background By Christopher Lin. Background Information. Centuries old event. Most Significant holiday. Largest human migration. A 15 day long celebration starting from 1/1 (Sunday) of the Lunar Calendar ( 農曆新年 ).
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Chinese New Year 新年 春節 Historical Background By Christopher Lin
Background Information • Centuries old event. • Most Significant holiday. • Largest human migration. • A 15 day long celebration starting from 1/1 (Sunday) of the Lunar Calendar (農曆新年). • Ends on the 15th day, known as the Lantern Festival (元宵節)
十二生肖 The Zodiac • Similar to the Western Zodiac of the 12 astrological signs. • 12 Zodiac animals:Mouse, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Boar. • Coming year：Boar豬(Joo or “D”) 鼠 牛 虎 兔 龍 蛇 馬 羊 猴 雞 狗 豬
Public Holidays • 7 days in China • 5 days in Taiwan • 3 days in Hong Kong and Macau • 2 days in Malaysia and Singapore
Purpose • A time of reunion with family. • Reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve (除夕 Chu shi) This Saturday • Red envelopes (紅包“Hong bao”or “Ang Pao”) containing money (壓歲錢 Ya shui chian)
Superstitions andBeliefs • Stay up all night on New Year’s Eve. It is considered very unlucky to: • Sweep the floor on the 1st five days of New Year • Talk of the deceased • Getting a hair cut 剪髮vs 剪發(to cut your fortune) • Buying books 書vs 輸(to lose) • Break dishes碎vs歲(歲歲平安sui sui ping an)
年 The Story of Nien • A ferocious beast called Nien • Comes out from the sea every year to eat people • The people drove Nien away with Red, Fire and Noises. • Greeting: Congratulations恭喜(Gong-shi), 過年(Guo-Nien )
“Visiting” Gift Why???
Happy New Year 新年快樂