15-Days Celebration of Chinese New Year

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					15 Days of Celebration of the
    Chinese New Year

                       Xin Chen
                      2010-03-24
     “Before New Year Day” Tradition
• Sweep away the bad luck.
• Decorate the home with
  red color paper-cuts and
  cheerful couplets.
• Wear new clothing, shoes,
  and get a hair-cut.
• Clean family altars and
  statues.
• Watch CCTV New Year Eve
  Gala Show.
• Shoot off firecrackers.
• Prepare a festive dinner
  with pork, duck, chicken,
  fish and sweet delicacies.
Firecrackers
                  New Year Day
• Participate in a religious
  ceremony given in honor
  of Heaven and Earth, the
  gods of the household
  and the family ancestors.

• Give and receive red
  paper envelopes filled
  with money or treats.

• All knives and cleavers
  must be put away on New
  Year’s Day.
                  Day 2 and Day 3
• Day 2
  Sons-in-laws visit their
  parents-in-law

• Day 3
  The Third Day is known
  as "chì kǒu",means "the
  God of Blazing Wrath”. It
  is generally accepted that
  it is not a good day to
  socialize.
     Day 5
• In northern China,
  people eat dumplings
• Celebrate the birthday
  of the Chinese God of
  Wealth.
• Shoot off firecrackers,
  in the attempt to get
  Guan Yu's attention,
  ensuring his favor and
  good fortune for the
  new year. Guan Yu is
  the God of Justice.
Dumplings
                    Day 6 to 10

•   Visit relatives and
    friends freely.

•   Visit the temples to
    pray for good
    fortune and health
    for the coming year.
                Day 8 and Day 9
• Fujian people
  celebrate the birthday
  of Jade Emperor, the
  God of Underworld, at
  midnight.

• Tea, wine, fruit,
  vegetarian food or
  roasted suckling pig,
  and paper-folded gold
  ingots are served as
  gifts.
Day 15- Lantern Festival

 • Light lanterns to
   worship Buddha on
   the 15th day of the
   1st lunar month, first
   full moon.
 • Children carrying
   lanterns of all shapes
   in a parade at night.
 • Eat sweet dumplings
   made of glutinous rice
   flour.
 • Guess lantern riddles.
                  Taboos
• Cleaning must be done before, not during, the
  Chinese New Year period.
• All debts must be cleared before the New Year.
• Do not use words that are unlucky, such as the
  number 4, which sounds like “to die”
• If you break something, you must turn it into a
  lucky saying, (“Sui Sui Ping An” for Good luck
  every year.)
• No crying.
• People must wear red. White, blue and gray are
  considered colors reserved for mourning.
Chinese New Year
        The goal of the
        Chinese New
        Year celebration
        is that we enter
        into a new year
        of good
        blessings.
                 About the Author
This slideshow was prepared by Ms. Xin Chen in March 2010. Ms. Xin Chen
is a second year student in a Masters of Public Administration program at
USC School of Policy, Planning and Development. She is a foreign student
from Fujian, China, who joined the program in August 2008 and expected to
graduate in May 2010. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in
Economics from Renmin University of China, Beijing.

				
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