Guò Nián Hǎo! Happy Chinese New Year!
Guò Nián Hǎo! • The most important festival for Chinese people just like Christmas in the West.
Guò Nián Hǎo! • Time: The 1st day of the 1st lunar month ( one month later than the Gregorian calendar)
Guò Nián Hǎo! 26th of January 2009.
Guò Nián Hǎo! Chinese New Year 2009 is the Year of the Ox
Guò Nián Hǎo! • Papercut-Ox
Guò Nián Hǎo! Papercut-Ox
Guò Nián Hǎo! • Papercut - Ox
Guò Nián Hǎo! • Papercut – Ox
Family Reunions! “about 2.17 billion people are expected to travel to and from home in 40 days this year” “The railways expect to carry 156 million passengers this year” ----China Economic Net
Guò Nián Hǎo! • They are buying train tickets!
Guò Nián Hǎo! • Bus station
Guò Nián Hǎo! • Airport
春联Spring Festival couplets: Then people begin decorating their clean rooms featuring an atmosphere of rejoicing and festivity. All the door panels will be pasted with Spring Festival couplets (春联 chunlian), highlighting Chinese calligraphy with black characters on red paper. The content varies from house owners’ wishes for a bright future to good luck for the New Year. Also, pictures of the god of doors and wealth will be posted on front doors to ward off evil spirits and welcome peace and abundance Spring Festival couplets
Guò Nián Hǎo! Spring Festival couplets
Everything goes well East Spring South Summer West Autumn North Winter given good assistance fortune Spring Festival couplets
福Fú(happiness) is pasted on the door The character “Fú ” is a must!
New Year’s Eve feast • Chinese people attach great importance to New Year’s Eve or Spring Festival Eve. • At that time, all family members eat dinner together.
New Year’s Eve feast • The meal is more luxurious than usual. • Dishes such as chicken, fish cannot be excluded.
Hóngbāo - Red Packet • On New Year, everyone dresses up. • First they say “Guò Nián Hǎo!” (Happy New Year!) to extend greetings to their parents. • Then each child will get “Hóngbāo” with money in it as a New Year gift!
Jiǎozi - Dumplings • People in north China will eat Jiǎozi