Posted in Activities, Chinese life, Customs, Life on 01/23/2012 07:53 pm by Vanessa
This year’s Chinese Spring Festival, some may call it Chinese New Year, falls on the 23rd of January 2012. Spring Festival is the literate translation of “Chun Jie”, what we say in Chinese according to lunar calendar.
It’s the festive season as the whole country celebrates Chun Jie by holding New Year’s Eve Gala on central tv station, playing fireworks probably all day long, family reunion and more other activities in different parts in China.
No matter what people do all signify the whole country embracing the new lunar year 2012.
So happy Spring Festival and wish all a fruitful and prosperous year again!
I’ve been very lazy since… a while back… so to start by wishing myself getting more diligent and hard-working!
2012 is the year of Dragon. Dragon means to much to Chinese people so it’s an especially important year!
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Posted in Activities, Art, Chinese life, Countries, Customs, Festivals, Life, Vanessa's Stuff, Work on 02/13/2010 04:12 pm by Vanessa
Today is Chinese New Year, also Spring Festival. Well, we call it “nian” or “chun jie “in Chinese. So, “Happy Chinese New Year to everyone”! “xin nian kuai le” or “chun jie kuai le”!
Chinese nian is on the 31st of December of the lunar month. It varies in the solar month. You may not have lunar calendar, so it’s a bit hard to explain.
Nian is the biggest festival in China. We have a long holiday during the spring festival time.
In the legend “nian” is a ferocious animal and it eats human. It says that in the ancient time “nian” intruded the village again and saw the red color and fire at every door and heard a thunderous sound so it was frightened away.
To celebrate the great victory people pasted red paper couplets on the door panels, lid red lanterns, beat gongs and drums, let off fireworks and firecrackers all through the night. And it continues to now… so we have “nian” now.
It’s just a legend, but we love “nian” as it’s also the time for the family reunion. No matter where people are, on this specific day “chun jie “all want to be with family. Only with family we can feel happy!
“Happy New Year”! “Xin nian kuai le”!
2010 is the year of tiger!
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