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					Chinese New Year

新                           春
    Historical Background
       By Christopher Lin
     Background Information
• Centuries old event.
• Most Significant holiday.
• Largest human migration.
• A 15 day long celebration starting from 1/1
  (Sunday) of the Lunar Calendar (農曆新年).
• Ends on the 15th day, known as the Lantern
  Festival (元宵節)
                                            十
             The Zodiac                     二
                                            生
• Similar to the Western Zodiac of the 12
  astrological signs.                       肖
• 12 Zodiac animals: Mouse, Ox, Tiger,
  Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat,
  Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Boar.
• Coming year:Boar 豬 (Joo or “D”)
 鼠牛虎兔龍蛇
 馬羊猴雞狗豬
            Public Holidays
•   7 days in China
•   5 days in Taiwan
•   3 days in Hong Kong and Macau
•   2 days in Malaysia and Singapore
               Purpose
• A time of reunion with family.
• Reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve
  (除夕 Chu shi) This Saturday
• Red envelopes (紅包 “Hong bao” or “Ang Pao”)
  containing money (壓歲錢 Ya shui chian)
        Superstitions and Beliefs
• Stay up all night on New Year’s Eve.

         It is considered very unlucky to:
•   Sweep the floor on the 1st five days of New Year
•   Talk of the deceased
•   Getting a hair cut 剪髮 vs 剪發 (to cut your fortune)
•   Buying books 書 vs 輸 (to lose)
• Break dishes 碎 vs 歲 (歲歲平安 sui sui ping an)
年        The Story of Nien
• A ferocious beast called Nien
• Comes out from the sea every year to eat
  people
• The people drove Nien away with Red,
  Fire and Noises.
• Greeting: Congratulations 恭喜 (Gong-shi),
               過年 (Guo-Nien )
“Visiting” Gift


           Why???
Night Market
Night Market
Night Market
“Red Pocket Money”
“New Year Poetry”
“New Year Poetry”
Happy New Year

新年快樂

				
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