Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Welcoming of The Tiger Year

One of my favorite festivities around the world other than Chrismass is the Chinese New Year. It is also commonly known as The Spring Festival or The Lunar New Year and it is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. Coincidently, this year's Chinese New Year falls on the same date as Valentines Day. Alas, Valentines Day was rather dull this year as everybody was busy preparing for the New Year.

For 15 days, Chinese around the world celebrated the Lunar New Year with joy & full of traditional cultural beliefs that can sometimes be puzzling to those unfamiliar with this festivity.

The celebration was remarkable and I had a wonderful happy time with fiancee, friends & families.
During this festivity, red paper lanterns & decorations are hanged everywhere and I had a great time decorating my own home too...

Red is the predominant used in this celebration, sometimes accompanied by gold. The color red symbolizes virtue, truth and sincerity and also the emblem of joy.

On the eve of Chinese New Year, we were amazed by the displays of firecrackers & fireworks. A firecracker loud popping noise was believed to scared away evil spirits and signifies a joyful time of the year.

The first day of Chinese New Year - we had visits from the lion dancers. The Lion dances are very common during this festivity. It was believed that the loud beats of drums & cymbals together with the face of the lion dancing aggressively can evict bad or evil spirits as well.

Visiting kins, friends & families is a practice during Chinese New Year known as the "new year visit" and I was totally exhausted after all those visits - my leg hurts! Eventually, nothing compares to what I received at the end of the day, my "ang pows" or red packets...Yay!

And my Valentine gift...Yay! Thanks Mr.B

I had quite an enjoyable 1st day of Chinese New Year and looking forward for more families & friends visits. But before I go to bed, not to late I hope, I would like to wish all of you a Happy Chinese New Year and may this tiger year bring abundance of joy, luck & prosperity...

Red couplets and red lanterns are displayed on the door frames and light up the atmosphere.
The air is filled with strong Chinese emotions. In stores in Beijing, Shanghai,Wuhan, and other cities, products of traditional Chinese style have started to lead fashion trends.
Buy yourself a Chinese-style coat, get your kids tiger-head hats and shoes, and decorate your home with some beautiful red Chinese knots, then you will have an authentic
Chinese-style Spring Festival.

- Xinwen Lianbo


BrassyBeads said...

Oh engaged now hmmm? Congratulations Maggie!! What a happy event!

Maggie said...

Yes yes yes Mary...Lol..I'm so happy!

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