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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Lunar New Year !! Check Out the Amazing Facts about this glorious festival and its Chinese Roots!

Are you fascinated by Asian culture? Well, Chinese New Year celebrations are a good opportunity for you to know about the Asian culture especially Chinese myths and traditions of this glorious festival! Here are some interesting facts about Lunar New Year- Brought to you by PartsAvatar Replacement Auto Parts.

Happy Lunar New Year! We love Chinese food and almost every city has a famous china town. Of course you love to visit it right? But apart from food, many other things about Chinese culture are attention grabbing! One of them is Chinese New Year which is always celebrated with Zeal among Chinese population across the globe.

Well lunar new year or commonly known as Chinese new year is not only confined to china but is also celebrated among other Asian and western countries like Japan, South Korea, Canada, U.S. etc. It’s a perfect time to immerse in amazing Chinese traditions of faith and myth. Check out some amazing facts about Chinese New year.

Lunar New Year is now a Holiday in Many Nations
Although Chinese new year is not celebrated on the same date as the standard new year (1 Jan) but in recent years, this holiday has been seen as secular and cultural celebration among many countries especially in the West.

For example in Canada, many parades and celebratory processions take place on lunar New Year day and many different events are also organized in big cities of Canada. For example Toronto, hosts Lunar Fest to show the young Canadians the Asian art and culture.
 There are many family events in Dharma Drum Vancouver centre like drumming, lion dancing, craft making, performance of Chinese traditional instruments and songs and an interactive demonstration of traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

The major purpose of the events is to share the diversity of Canada among new Canadians and those who have been here for many generations.

Sacred Myths of New Year
Still many people think about building up good luck for the year to come. Families avoid doing certain things as follows:

1. Avoid wearing old damaged clothes.
2. They don’t wash clothes, knives or throw garbage on Lunar New Year.
3. Its mandatory to stay up late to welcome Lunar New Year.
These things are done in order to avoid bad fortune into the New Year.

Fireworks and Fanfare are rooted in ancient folklores and myths!
The Chinese New Year follows the lunisolar calendar and usually falls between late January and early February. The lunisolar calendar determines the time based on the movements of the Sun and the Moon.

It is said that in Shang Dynasty, people offered sacrifices to god in the beginning of a new year. A legendary beast was thought to attack the people at the end of old year and they would use bright lights to scare that beast away. This practise slowly changed into traditions. Dragon dances and parades often symbolise the traditional folklores of ancient china.

Traditional Expressions are used
Families and friends often greet each other with phrases like “Gun Hei Fat Choi” in Cantonese and “Gong Xi Fa Cai” in Mandirin Chinese. They usually avoid greeting each other with standard western phrases like Happy New Year even if they live abroad.

2017- A Rooster Year
Many of us won’t know but the 2017 year was the year of rooster. The year of rooster will begin from Jan 28, 2017 and would last until February 15, 2018. The rooster is 10th of 12 zodiac animals.

Years of rooster include 1921, 1933,1945,1957,1969,1981,1993,2005 and2017. If you are born in the year of rooster, there are certain things that would be lucky and unlucky for this year for you (purely based on Chinese Folklore and Myths).

Roosters are said to be hardworking and energetic and have been seen as the ones who herald the beginning of a new day.

World’s greatest Annual Migration of people
Chinese New Year is a massive travel season. People return to their hometown or go on Vacations to celebrate this big day. In 2017, 3 billion tips were made during Lunar New Year celebrations.

Feast on Symbolic Dishes
Noodles are Favourite and must have food among Chinese people. Mothers never forget to cook longevity noodle dish to ensure that all family members would be blessed with a long life.

Along with noodles, many other dishes have their significance. For instance: Whole fish with head and tail intact represents good start and end of the year, Dumplings represent prosperity and Nian Gao Cake represents achieving great heights in the upcoming year.

After the meal don’t forget to serve oranges and tangerines to your guests as it represents luck and wealth.

Gifts of Red Envelope
The color red is the symbol of Good luck in Asian culture. Parents give their unmarried children red envelopes filled with money as a symbolic offering of good luck.

Cleaning House to Shoo bad luck
In many cultures, it is mandatory to clean houses during festivals. According to Chinese, sweeping makes room for good luck and washes away the bad luck. People dispose of the dead plants, buy new dishware and recycle things to clean their house on New Year.

People will decorate their homes with lantern and paper scrolls. You can buy small red items to decorate. Cushions can be changed to bright red color cover. Fireworks are must you can buy a small firecracker for your festive dinner as a small celebratory gesture.

Many cities in Canada host fireworks on Lunar New year.
One more thing don’t forget to cut your hair before New Year if were thinking of visiting a hair salon by any chance. Cutting hair on Chinese New Year day is considered bad luck.

Lantern Festival
The New Year festivities end with the lantern festivals. Lanterns have their own myths. Some say they represent Taoist god of good fortune: Shan-Yuan. Chinese people worship Heaven god of Taoism and many visit temples in daytime to pray for good luck and wealth. Manys folklores relate them with the Jade Emperor.

People hang light lanterns around their houses and decorate them with Chinese zodiac and historical figures of Buddhism and Taoism.

Tray of togetherness
Family has an important role in Chinese New year. Tray of togetherness is a common gift to extend to loved ones.

It’s a round or octagonal tray divided into 8 compartments and filled with treats representing good fortune.

In the End if you are invited in china or by Chinese family even if you are living in Canada, these facts are sufficient for you to know their culture. Enjoy this glorious festival of good luck and fortune with your friends and family!

PartsAvatar Canada wishes everyone “Gong Xi Fa Cai”!


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