Chinese New Year: Spring Lantern Festival
What is the Chinese New Year, which takes place and what is also called the Lantern Festival, this celebration takes place in the run-up to the spring according to Chinese tradition.
Events Chinese New Year
Traditional Chinese calendar months beginning with the new moon, it can be said that the New Year’s Day coincides with the first day of the first lunar month. This means that the beginning of the year is always done between January 21 and February 19 in the Gregorian calendar.
The period of celebration, as of that date, lasts fifteen days and also whether the duties are suspended only in a few days, every day is dedicated to different customs, to end with the Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is celebrated not only in China but also in other countries in the Far East and in the world where there are Chinese communities.
In China it is customary to return to the country of origin to spend with their parents and family members this party deeply felt, the preparation of which began a few days earlier, making cleaning your home, it makes sense to sweep away the bad luck accumulated during Last year, hanging decorations and wishes for the new year, usually paper or canvas in red.
During this period, lions and dragons dance in the streets of the city, as a good omen for the new year, for it to be rich and successful. On the eve of New Year it is customary to make a rich feast in the family, as is typical of the next day go to visit their relatives and close friends.
Each of the following days is characterized by a particular tradition, such as that relating to the second day, reserved for visiting parents by married women or, in the third and fourth day, it is customary to stay indoors, being also days dedicated to the commemoration of the deceased.
In conclusion, in the fifteenth day there is the Lantern Festival, which happens in the first full moon of the year. It’s a day that is usually spent at home, eating traditional dishes, including the Yuanxiao, a soft ball made of glutinous rice flour or wheat flour with a stuffing inside.
At night there are fireworks, while the lanterns of different shapes and colors light up the night and show a few pieces of paper which are written to unravel riddles and greetings for the new year.