China is known for its rich and diverse culture. Perhaps almost everyone has seen the Chinese dragon dance whenever an important event takes place in China or other parts of the world. The Chinese also have a lot of traditions, especially when celebrating Chinese New Year.
Unlike the rest of the world, their new year doesn’t happen on the 1st day of January. According to the Chinese Fortune Calendar, the Chinese new year day is always between January 20 to February 20 of the Gregorian calendar each year.
The preparation to celebrate the Chinese New Year festival begins around the 8th day of 12th lunar month. The last day of the Chinese New Year festival is on the 15th day of first lunar month. That means it is required about three weeks to prepare the festival and 15 days to celebrate it.”
There are numerous activities lined-up during Chinese New Year. These are prepared and performed according to tradition.
The Chinese Fortune Calendar further explains, “Traditionally, a Chinese man works outside for living and his wife takes care everything inside home. A month is not long enough for a housewife to clean entire house, put new interior and exterior decoration, prepare new clothes and gifts for all family members, and food for many events.
You can image that Chinese New Year festival combines Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Day together.” This is the main reason why festivities such as the Chinese New Year are lavish. Often, there is no time to dilly dally or even spend time playing a card game or mahjong.
Many are unaware what the Chinese dragon actually represents. The symbolic creature characterizes favorable powers over hurricane, floods, and rainfall. The majestic dragon also signals good luck and strength—which many would always wish for in the game of life and on the year ahead.
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