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Chinese New Year Celebration

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Chinese New Year Celebration
Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year Eve

New Year Cleaning

On the days before the New Year, Chinese families give their houses a thorough cleaning. But traditionally, this practice is done on New Year Eve. The dust and dirt are traditionally associated with "old" in Chinese culture, so cleaning the houses and sweeping the dust mean to bid farewell to the past new and usher in the New Year.

New Year Even Feast

The New Year's Feast is "a must" banquet with all the family members getting together. People from north and south have different sayings about the food they eat on this special day. Southern Chinese eat "niangao" (New Year cake made of glutinous rice flour) on this special day, because a homophone of "Niangao", means "higher and higher every year". In northern China, a traditional dish for the feast is "Jiaozi" or dumplings which are shaped like a crescent moon.

Watching CCTV New Year Gala

The annual CCTV New Year Gala begins at 8:00 and lasts for 4 yours to the beginning of the New Year.

Shousu-Staying up late

Shousui means to stay up late or all night on New Year's Eve. After the New Year's Feast, families sit together and watch CCTV New Year Gala to wait for the New Year's arrival.

Waiting for the First Bell Ringing of Chinese New Year

The first rising bell is a symbol of Chinese New Year. Chinese people like to go to large squares where there are huge bells set up on New Year's Eve. As the New Year approaches they count down and celebrate together. People believe that the ringing of huge bell can drive all the bad luck away and bring fortune to them. In recent years, some people have begun going to mountain temples to wait for the first ringing of a bell. Hanshan Temple in Suzhou in East China's Jiangsu Province, is very famous for its first ringing of the bell to herald Chinese New Year. Waiting for the First Bell Ringing is now beginning to be adopted by the ex-pat community here, which is evidenced by the number of foreigners going to Hanshan Temple to celebrate Chinese New Year.

House Decorations

Days before the New Year festival, department stores, official buildings, office buildings and streets will be decorated with red lanterns and red couplets. Decorations for private houses are usually done on New Year's Eve. People will paste red couplets and door gods on doors, hold red lanterns in their houses. The reason why red color is frequently used for New Year decorations is that it is associated with good fortune and happiness in Chinese culture. In North China, it is customary to paste paper-cut on windows while in South China, such as Guangzhou and Hong Kong, certain flowers and plants are used.

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