Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most imperative and imperial occasion of the conventional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also considered as "Spring Festival," as the literal meaning of the Chinese term  ?? (Pinyin: Chun Jié), due to the differentiation amid Western and traditional Chinese ways for calculating the seasons.

It symbolizes the closing stages of the frosty season, bringing in the Western carnival. The festival commences on the first day of the first month itself (Chinese: ??; pinyin: Zheng Yuè) in the conventional Chinese calendar and concludes with Lantern Festival which falls on the day 15 with the brightest moon at the night. Chinese New Years Eve is the most awaited occasion in the Chinese calendar. It is a day of the annual get-together for the Chinese people paving a way to the thanks giving and reunion party concluding with a dinner, is also known as Chú Xi (??) and if decoding in English it is the "Eve of the Passing Year". Since, the Chinese calendar is lunisolar the Chinese New Year is also called as the "Lunar New Year". It is also considered as the way of honoring ancestors and Gods.

 Chinese New Year is the lengthiest and most vital celebration in the Chinese calendar. Since times immemorial, its origin is known and followed and is popularized due to various myths and traditions.  The five essential elements are pooled with the animal symbols, and a sixty-year lunar calendar is created out of it. Chinese months are deemed to be, work according to the lunar calendar, by each month commencing with the darkest day proceeding towards the blooming and spring days.

 New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is observed brightest at night. In China, it is celebrated in a grand manner as days before only people start indulging in the preparations of New Year.

As it is a time of get-togethers and shared feasts, starts with a grand banquet on New Years Eve. This 15-day carnival is celebrated with great enthusiasm leading it to the final day, the 15th day of the first lunar month and is known to be celebrated as the Lantern Festival. As the name itself depicts, so it is obvious of including the decorated lanterns in different designs. As some of the lanterns are the pieces of art, some painted with zodiac signs, birds, animals, flowers and outlook from the myths of olden times fetching the traditional and folklore elements.

These colorful and decorated lanterns are hanged in temples, carrying lanterns to the evening parade, beneath the radiance of the full moon. The underlining feature of the lantern festival is the dragon dance, as it is long-drawn-out to 100 feet and is usually created out of silk, paper and bamboo.  Conventionally young men dance and channel the bright and vibrant creature all the way through the streets hold uphill the dragon.

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