Chinese New Year is one of the very important festivals that the Chinese people rejoice with rich traditional values. The New Year in China is also known the Spring Festival. All the Chinese celebrate the festival with great enthusiasm.
When is the Chinese New Year?
The New Year in China is marked by the Chinese lunisolar calendar. So, the first day of the new year changes from year to year – between 21 January and 20 February. The first day of the year also falls on the new moon.
The Chinese New Year for 2017 is on January 28 ; and this is Chinese year 4715.
Fire Rooster: The Zodiac Sign of Chinese New Year 2017.
One of 12 animals appear in the Chinese zodiac characterizes each Chinese New Year. According to the tradition, this year would be Year of the Fire Rooster. Rooster is also the 10th in the zodiac animal cycle. Most noteworthy, the next rooster year will be in 2029.
What does the ‘Fire Rooster’ Symbolize?
According to the Chinese myths, people born in the ‘Fire Rooster Year’ would be:
- Pretty and Handsome
- Talented, and also
- Enthusiastic !
It is also believed that this year would be one of the most unlucky in the Chinese calendar in 12-year cycle.
Luckiest Things for the Fire Roosters
- Colors: Brown, golden and also yellow
- Numbers: 5, 7 and 8
- Days: 4th and 26th of the any Chinese month
- Flowers: Cockscomb & gladiola
- Directions: South & southeast
- Months: The second, fifth, and eleventh Chinese lunar months.
Things that the Fire Roosters should Avoid
- Numbers: 1, 3 and 9
- Color: Red
- Months: the third, ninth, and also twelfth Chinese months
Interesting Myths and Traditions Centering Chinese New Year.
It is the winter vacation week of China. Chinese schools get about a month off, and the universities remain closed even more. Besides, China, Hong Kong, and Macau, including nine other Asian countries, avail the public holidays.
On the New Year occasion, China produces huge fireworks tons of fire-lights from the beginning midnight of the New Year. Furthermore, on the full moon night on the 15th day of the lunar month families go out to see fireworks, light lantern and let them loose to fly. It’s estimated that 90% of world’s fireworks is done on this occasion. It’s done from the beliefs of scaring away the evil spirits and demons.
Exchange of Envelopes.
Red envelopes with cash are exchanged as the Chinese New Year greetings. Besides, the older members of the family give the envelopes to the younger and the employees get those from their bosses. It’s also considered as the New Year bonus.
Mass Movement of People.
Millions of people of Mainland China also travel to the long distant places to observe New Year holidays.
Taboos on the Chinese New Year’s Day.
People don’t like to start the day as “poor” considering it the bad omen and so they don’t take porridge in the breakfast on the day.
Medicine is avoided on the Chinese New Year’s day. It’s also believed that doing so will need to take medicine for the whole year.
Going out of Women:
It’s believed that women should not go out of her house on the first day of the Chinese New Year; they may be plagued with ill-luck for the whole year. Moreover, married women are not permitted to go parent’s house, as this is believed to take bad luck to their parents and cause economic hardship.
People don’t wash their clothes on the first and second day as these two days are considered and celebrated as the birthday of the Water God.
Crying of children on the New Year’s day is believed to bring bad luck to the family. Parents try to do best to keep their children as happy as possible so that they don’t cry.
They don’t broom on that day. If sweeping is done on this day then the wealth will also be swept away.
Money can’t be lent on the New Year’s Day, and also all debts must be paid by New Year’s Eve. If it’s not done so that will be unlucky for the whole year.
They consider blood as an ill omen which will bring bad luck such as a bloody disaster or a knife wound and thus avoided.
Wearing worn clothes can also cause bad luck for the year- they believe.
Color in Fashion:
White or black clothes are avoided because these two colors are by tradition linked to mourning
If there is any pocket picked on the New Year’s Day that is believed the wealth in the current year will be being stolen.
Some gifts are considered bad on the day according to the Chinese culture, such as clocks, pears, and scissors.
Empty Rice Pot:
An empty rice jar is considered as ill-omen during the Chinese New Year period.