Chinese New Year Days

The 15 days of Chinese New Year celebration are the most awaited days for the Chinese people. The first day of the Lunar New Year happens to falls with a full moon night and is considered as the day of welcoming heavenly Gods and of the earth. This day is considered as one of the holiest days of the year in the lunar calendar and many people refrain from meat and other non-vegetarian things.

 The second day is taken as the day to offer prayers to the ancestors and the heavenly Gods. This day is also known as the day of dogs as people there feed them and even provides them shelter.  Then, the third and the fourth day kept for the son-in-laws to give respect and love to their parents-in-laws. The fifth day is considered to be as the day of Po Woo. On this day people like to stay in their home only as to welcome the God of Wealth and it is believed that if anyone visits to the others homes then it will bring misfortune to both of them.

The days from 6th onwards to 10th, the Chinese people regularly visit their relatives and friends. They also visit the temples to offer prayers to the God for blessing them with good fortune and health.

On the 7th day, the farmers showcase their produce and usually make a drink by employing seven vegetables for the occasion. This day is dedicated to all the humans as is also known as their birthdays. The people have noodles and raw fish in their meals for their longevity and success.

The Fujian people in china have another family fiesta and feasts on the 8th day as to offer prayers to Tian Gong, the God of Heaven, in the hours of darkness.  On the 9th day, the people offer the emperor Jade.

Again, from the 10th day to the 12th, the friends and relatives are invited for dinners. People have lavish and luxurious food and proceed to the 13th day when they have mere rice congee and mustard greens (choi sum), which helps in cleansing of the system. The 14th day starts with the preparations on the head for the upcoming lantern festival falling on the following day, the 15th day.

Chinese New Year begins with the New Moon on the 1st day and ends on the full moon on the 15th day of the New Year in the lunar calendar. The 15th day of the New Year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.

The Chinese calendar is the outcome of blending of movements of the sun and the moon. The lunar cycle consists of 29.5 days. In the process of getting alongside with the solar calendar, once in a blue moon an extra month is added, this year is also known as the leap year. This calls for a reason, why Chinese New Year happens to fall on a different date, each year.

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