Friday, January 31, 2014

Today, January 31, 2014 is the first day of Chinese New Year, Happy New Year again!!!

Chinese New Year

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chinese New Year
Also calledLunar New Year, Spring Festival.
Observed byChinese communities worldwide[1]
(Chinese folk religionBuddhist,TaoistConfucian)
SignificanceThe first day of the Chinese calendar (lunisolar calendar)
CelebrationsLion dances, fireworks, family gathering, family meal, visiting friends and relatives (拜年, bàinián), giving red envelopes, decorating with duilian (對聯, duìlián).
DateChinese lunar new year
2013 dateSunday, February 10, Snake
2014 dateFriday, January 31, Horse
2015 dateThursday, February 19, Goat
2016 dateMonday, February 8, Monkey
Related toLantern Festival, which concludes the celebration of the New Year.
Mongol New Year (Tsagaan Sar), Tibetan New Year (Losar),Japanese New Year(Shōgatsu), Korean New Year(Seollal), Vietnamese New Year (Tết)
Chinese New Year
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Literal meaningAgricultural / Agrarian Calendar's New Year
Spring Festival
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Literal meaningSpring Festival
Google doodle for Chinese New Year 2014.
Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as theSpring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".
The source of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.[2] Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland ChinaHong Kong,[3] MacauTaiwanSingapore,[4] ThailandIndonesiaMalaysiaMauritius,[5] Philippines,[6][7] and also inChinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors.
Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity." Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
Although the Chinese calendar traditionally does not use continuously numbered years, outside China its years are often numbered from the reign of the 3rd millennium BC Yellow Emperor. But at least three different years numbered 1 are now used by various scholars, making the year beginning AD 2014 the "Chinese Year" 4712, 4711, or 4651.[8]