15 DAYS1st day = welcoming of the gods of the heavens and earth2nd day =pray to ancestors and they’re extra kind to dogs3rd+4th day =sons-in-law to pay respect to there parents-in-law5th=called Po Woo ,people stay home and welcome the God of Health6th=people visit friends and relatives7th =farmers display produce also birthday of human beings
15 DAYS8th day = fujian people have another family reunion dinner and at midnight they pray9th day = make offerings to Jade Emperor10th–12th day = friends and relatives are invited to dinner13th day = people eat simple rice and mustard greens [choi sum] to cleanse the system14th day = day of preparation to celebrate Lantern festival15th day= lantern festival
CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDERYear Month Animal2008 February 7th Rat2009 January 26th Ox2010 February 14th Tiger2011 February 3rd Rabbit2012 January 23rd Dragon2013 February 10th Snake2014 January 31st Horse2015 February 19th Sheep2016 February 8th Monkey2017 January 28th Rooster2018 February 16th Dog2019 February 5th Pig
FIREWORKSChinese make their own fireworks so they don’t have to pay for them.Most popular are cannon sized.Legends say that fireworks are set off to awaken the dragon to bring forth the rain.
Shooting off firecrackers on New Years Eve is the Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the New Year.
CLEANINGChinese clean out their entire house before New Years Day. On New Years Eve all brushes and brooms are put away. Sweeping or dusting shouldn’t be done on New Years Day for fear that good fortune will be swept out.
Children and unmarried friends as well as close relatives are given Lai See, little red envelopes with money in them for good fortune .
A Chinese New Year Project by Eimear and Hannah