The Chinese New Year is a time to rejoice and have a merry time with the family and friends. As you get set to celebrate the most awaited day of the year in the Chinese calendar we have some of the facts that not many know of and you might be unaware of.
Here are 10 Things to know about Chinese New Year:
As soon as the clock strikes 12, every door and window in the house is opened to allow the old year to go out and welcome the new year in with good vibes during Chinese New year.
Every Chinese New Year, more than a billion people travel all over the world to their homes via planes, trains, buses, and cars. This phenomenon is known as Chunyan, and it is considered to be the world’s largest annual human migration.
The seventh day of the Chinese New Year that spans across 15 days is considered to be the birthday of ordinary or common man also known as Ren Ri which means everybody’s birthday on earth (meaning humans). According to Chinese traditions, the goddess Nuwa created human beings from yellow clay.
During Chinese New year, two important flowers are generally associated with the festival and decorations. The plum blossom, symbolises courage and hope, and the water narcissus symbolises good luck and prosperity.
On the 8th day of the New Year, most families will enjoy a vegetarian meal which consists of 18 ingredients called jai. Each of these 18 ingredients symbolises something special. For instance, the lotus seed is eaten to get male offsprings, black moss seaweed is eaten to gain wealth, and bamboo shoots are believed to bring wellness.
Every New Year the log is decorated with red ribbons and embellishments and is traditionally lit and burnt for a night and smoldered for 12 days, to symbolise the 12 months of the Chinese year. This also symbolises the act of dispelling the darkness(ignorance) and welcoming the light to illuminate the mind, body and soul.
The 5th day of the Chinese New Year is known as Po Woo. Traditionally, people stay at home on this day to welcome the God of Wealth. They refrain from visiting friends or families because it is believed that visiting them will bring bad luck to both of them.
Did you know? People refrain from eating tofu during Chinese New year since it is white and the white colour symbolises death and misfortune in the Chinese culture.
In most of the homes during Chinese new year, fresh flowers are placed in and around the houses to symbolise rebirth and growth.
Dragon and lion dances and lion dances are traditionally performed during the Chinese New year to pray for good luck and drive away evil spirits.
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