Chinese New Year. 春節. 春節. By Russ Rapaport. Chinese New Year Food. Chinese New Year food symbolizes: Prosperity Good luck Health Long life. Food. Traditional Chinese New Year food Dumplings Spring Rolls Chicken. Symbolisms.
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Plum Blossoms-stand for courage and hope. The blossoms burst forth at the end of winter.
Chinese Lunar Calendar- The Chinese calendar will sometimes show the dates of the Gegorian (Western) calendar and the Chinese Lunar calendar. The Gregorian dates are made in Arabic numerals. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the moon.
Out of all the traditional celebrations, the Chinese new year is the most important. This is the time for the Chinese to congratulate themselves on a great year, and welcome in the new. Expressions heard at this time are GUONIAN: to have made it through the old year. Also BAINAN: to congratulate the new year,
Preparations for the Chinese New Year in old China started in advance of the New Year's Day. The 20th of the Twelfth Moon was set aside for the annual housecleaning, or the "sweeping of the grounds". Every corner of the house must be swept and cleaned in preparation for the new year.
On the last day of the old year, everyone is busy either in preparing food for the next two days, or in going to the barbers and getting ready for the New Year’s Day. Tradition stipulated that all food be ready before the New Year’s Day.