o Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese holiday.o Chinese New Year 2012 is on the 23rd of January.o It lasts for 15 days.o This year is the year of the dragon.
12 animals represent each year in the Chinese Zodiac. The animals included are:pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit,dragon, snake, horse,monkey, goat, roosterand dog. These symbolise when the Budha invitied all the animals to join him but only 12 turned up.
Food is a symbol of prosperity, good luck, health and a long life for everyone at the table. Each food either by appearance or by the pronunciation symbolises old beliefs.
Traditional New yearfood like dumplings,spring rolls, chickenor maybe a whole fishwishes good things forthe coming year.
On the first day they believedthat the Chinese New Year Godascends to heaven to pay theirrespects. Also to report on thehousehold chores to the JadeEmporer.
On the 2nd day the Chineseaknowledge their ancestorsas well as pray to all the gods.People feed dogs as it isbelieved to be thebirthday of all dogs.
This is for the son-in-laws to offer respectto their parents-in-law.These are some decorations that they use throughout the New Year!!
The 5th day is called Po-Woo. On that day people stay at home to usher in the god of wealth. It is customary not to visit family and friends because it brings bad luck to them.
The 6th day the Chinese greet their acquaintances, relatives and friends and wish them the best for the year ahead. They also visit temples to pray for good luck in the year ahead.
The 7th day is when farmers display their harvests. They make drinks from 7 different vegetables. They believe it is the birth day of all humans. It is customary to eat noodles and raw fish for long life and success.
The eighth day is another family reunion dinner, at midnight they pray to Tian Gong, the God of heaven.
The 9th day is the day of make offerings to the Jade Emporer. On the 10th to the 12th day family and friends are invited to dinner.
On the 13th day has a biological significance. People eat rice congee and mustard greens( choi sum ) to cleanse their system.
On the 14th day preporations for theLantern festival also known as the ShangYuan festival which is on the 15th day.o On the 15th day they set off lanterns, have a big parade and set off fire crackers.
Chinese New Year project by Aveline and Laura !!!! :D