Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is one of the most important Chinese Holiday as it marks the beginning of traditional Chinese calendar. The celebration begins of the New Years Eve and lasts for around 15 days through the middle of the first month. This day has no specific date as it completely depends on the Solar calendar and according to the phase of the moon, this year is celebrated.
Before the actual celebrations begin, people usually clean their houses and also display traditional New Year’s decorations. Moreover, People often visit their relatives and friends, do some shopping, watch traditional Chinese New Year events, launch fireworks, and plan for the coming year. In 2020, Chinese New Year begins on January 25th and ends February 8th. This day is celebrated as a public holiday all over China.
Now let’s discuss in detail some of the interesting facts that make the Chinese New year special and What is the Significance of it?
According to Chinese tradition, Laba Festival marks the beginning of famous Spring Festival. It also begins the harvest season in China and people pray to God for fortune and a successful harvest. The main food of this festival is Laba porridge. It is a mixture of seven types of grains, such as red bean, red dates and husked rice.
In addition to this, people usually decorate their houses with different types of lights and make promises to give a fresh start to their lives. However, it is said that eating rice on this day will keep your stomach healthy throughout the year. Laba Festival is considered as the first day of Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year is actually called as Spring Festival. It is also Chun Jie which means Spring. This festival marks the end of Winter and begins the harvest and planting season with a fresh start and new hopes. Moreover, on this day, you will see every house in China decorated with Lanterns.
As this Spring festival goes according to the Lunar Calendar so you can also call it as Lunar New Year. Apart from China, many other countries such as North Korea, South Korea and Vietnam also celebrate this New Year. Moreover, this celebration lasts for consecutive 15 days.
Unlike Gregorian Calender which has fixed holidays like Christmas, this New New Year is all over the place. There is no specific date or day to celebrate it as it all depends on the phases of the moon.
Chinese New Year ranges from January 21 to February 20. In 2019 New year began on January 5. However, the lunar calendar still holds its importance in China, though it has officially moved to the Gregorian calendar like the rest of the world.
As Spring Festival marks the beginning of harvest season. So on this people pray to their God for a good planting and harvest season. There is a society in China called Agrarian, they completely depend on harvesting. Therefore, praying to God holds a very important significance for them on this day. Moreover, people also offer prayer to their ancestors on this Holy day.
Spring festival lasts for 15 days but its celebrations start on New Year’s Eve making it 16 days. You can also say a chain of holidays starts in Laba Festival. For the first five days its necessary to spend time with your family enjoying to the fullest. In fact, the fifth day is a national holiday. All the shops, shopping malls, office, schools remain closed on this day.
Red Colour holds a very important significance this day as everything gets decorated with Red. The Chinese people usually hang up red lanterns and strings of chilli peppers, paste red paper on their doors and windows. They consider it as a symbol of luck and benefit. Moreover, if you visit China during this season you will see all the people wearing red clothes and even the food is served in red utensils.
According to Western Astrology, there are 12 Zodiac Signs and each holds specific importance. In Chinese Astrology, there are also 12 Zodiac but each Zodiac represent a specific animal which stays for the entire year. These 12 animals are (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig).
2019, was the year of Pig. It is also said that these animals play a very important role in shaping your Zodiacs and ultimately affect your life in a positive way. Moreover, all 12 Zodiac represent certain traits which represent their specific animal.
As every Chinese year represents a specific animal. 2020 is going to be the year of animal Rat or you can also say it’s going to be a year of White Metal Rat. The colour of Metal in the Chinese Horoscope is connecting with white or golden. Therefore, this year can also be called the year of the White Rat or Golden Rat.
The Rat is the first Zodiac of all animals. It is associated with the Earthy branch and often represents the beginning of a new day. According to Chinese culture, Rat is a sign of wealth and good fortune. So, it holds a very important place in Chinese Horoscope of 2020.
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