Chinese New Year date
Chinese New Year
CNY is a Chinese festival where family and friends come together to celebrate the new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. It’s an important festival that has strong cultural influences in Chinese. It’s also celebrated worldwide in regions with significant overseas Chinese.
Most Chinese working overseas or in other parts of the country travel home to have reunion dinner. It’s particularly an important dinner as it represents family reunion and also paying respect to the elders at home. Flight tickets are expensive throughout the Chinese New Year month which normally happen in February, and sometimes, in January. Still, most of the Chinese take the hassle traveling in heavy traffic and with expensive flight tickets and make sure they make it home before reunion dinner.
A traditional dish that is served on a large plate with a colourful array of ingredients that represent different meanings. Everyone then toss all the ingredients high up and it has been a trend to attempt to toss as high and they can, also shouting “huat ah”(prosperity) as loud as they can. The ingredients consist of fish(Salmon or jellyfish), green(Green vegetables), white(White Radis), red (Carrot or red-coloured crackers), and others(Pickled ginger, crushed nuts, pomelo and lime). You may visit here for more details
Lion dance is a traditional dance in Chinese culture and it represents power, wisdom, and superiority. It’s one of the important traditions in Chinese New Year that believes in bringing blessing. It’s also performed for new business launching as a blessing ceremony.
It’s also called Red Envelopes/Ang Pau/Hong Bao.Elders will put money in the red packet and give it to childrens after they give their greeting “Happy New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai”. It’s believed to pass on a year of good fortunes and blessings. There are different practises in different countries. For instance, Malaysian Chinese give red packets to children until they get married. However, Taiwanese younger generation starts giving red packets to elders when they start working.