Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year for 2012 was on 23rd January 2012 and it is year of Dragon. It is known that the most important festival in China is Chinese New Year which is also called ‘Spring Festival’ and it is supposed to be the time when family members getting together to celebrate the festival, therefore this year I went back to China for the Chinese New Year and I have taken some pictures to show the local decoration in different places. The most interesting picture I would say is Picture0 as it is located in a shopping mall with combination of UK Big Ben and London Eye as part of the Chinese New Year decoration.

Before the New Year, people normally go to the local New Year’s market

New year market in Foshan

New year market in Foshan

to buy decorations with Lucky and Happiness Symbol and also fruit and flowers and candy trays for the house as these are all symbols of good fortune.
Decoration at Hong Kong airport

Decoration at Hong Kong airport

The day after the New Year’s day (24th Jan 2012), it is for married daughter to go back to the family to visit and after 24th Jan, it is the time to visit friends and colleagues if you wish. A lot of families will go to the temple to pray to the god for bringing luck and fortune for the following year.

The celebration actually starts on New Year’s Eve with the family reunion dinner, however interestingly, married daughters and their families should not include in this dinner. On New Year’s day, people decorate their home with lucky red signs to bring good fortune to the family. And people will be visiting all their relatives on the New Year’s day with gifts to them and these gifts should always at least include a pair of oranges or tangerines as it stands for good health and long life. More importantly, people who are married will always need to give red envelop with lucky money for those one who’s not married especially to the kids as it means bringing luck to them.

Temple in Chaozhou
Temple in Chaozhou

I would suggest if you really want to experience what Chinese New Year like, you should go to China to join the local celebration and you will find a lot of interesting traditions and understand the culture more and it is the most cheerful moment for everybody in China.

Nicola

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