Thursday, 8 January 2015

[^Best>] Happy Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015 l Chinese New Year's Day

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015 : The Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival in China and is celebrated for sixteen days. There are many customs relating to food, decorations, greetings, and gifts. Here is a daily guide to the celebrations on Chinese new year 2015.

Pre-Chinese New Year Preparations 2015

Cleaning the House : From the 23rd of the 12th lunar month, Chinese people carry out a thorough cleaning of their houses. The cleaning is called “sweeping the dust”, and represents a wish to put away old things, bid farewell to the old year, and welcome the Chinese New Year 2015Chinese don’t clean the house the first two days of the Chinese New Year 2015. To do so is believed to sweep away good luck.


Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 Shoppings
Lianzhou : People buy Chinese New Year Food and snacks, New Year decorations, and clothes for New Year before New Year’s Eve. Chinese New Year 2015, like Christmas in China, is a shopping boom time. Chinese people may be thrifty most of the time, but they seem quite generous in their spending during their traditional festivals. For example, they buy everyone new clothes for the festival, whether they need them or not. There are New Year street markets on the days before the festival. 

Activities for Chinese New Year's Eve

Putting Up New Year Decorations : Although some people decorate their houses several days before the festival, most people do it at New Year’s Eve. Houses are decorated with red lanterns, red couplets, New Year paintings, and red lanterns. 2015 is the year of the goat, so goat images will appear.

People may decorate their houses using some of the following things, but not all of them.

Affixing Door God Images : Pasting a door god image on the door is an important custom among Chinese people during Spring Festival. In the beginning door gods were made of peach wood carved into the figure of a man, hanging by the door. Later people pasted printed images on doors.

People paste door gods on doors as a prayer for blessings, longevity, health, and peace. Two door gods on double doors are thought to keep evil spirits from entering. The door gods symbolize righteousness and power in China, therefore Chinese door gods are always scowling, holding various weapons, and ready to fight with evil spirits.

Putting Up Spring Festival 2015 Couplets

Xiapu : Spring couplets or New Year couplets (春联: Chūnlián /chwn-lyen/) are paired phrases, typically of seven Chinese characters each, written on red paper in black ink, and pasted one each side of a door frame. Sometimes a phrase of four or five characters is affixed to the top of the door frame as well. New Year couplets are filled with best wishes. Some people write the couplets themselves, but most people buy them from the market. Pasting spring couplets is thought to keep evil away.

Putting Up Chinese New Year’s Paintings : New Year paintings are put up to decorate houses, carrying best wishes, and creating a happy and prosperous atmosphere at the Spring Festival. The subjects of New Year paintings are often flowers and birds, plump boys (with Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy — and fertility), golden roosters, oxen, ripe fruit and treasure, or other legends and historical stories, showing desires for bountiful harvests and a happy life. ”The Four Homelands of the New Year Painting” are New-Year-Painting Village in Mianzhu in Sichuan Province, Taohuawu in Suzhou, Yangliuqing in Tianjin, and Weifang in Shandong.

Putting Up Chinese New Year Paper Cutouts

Paper cutoutsIt is a custom to paste paper cutouts on windows during the Chinese New Year.In the past people pasted paper cutouts on windows facing south and north before the Spring Festival. Paper cutouts are still popular with northerners, but people in the south only paste paper cutouts on wedding days.The subjects and themes of paper cutouts are rich, and most of them are characteristic of rural life, because the majority of buyers are peasants. Therefore paper cutouts about farming, weaving, fishing, tending sheep, feeding pigs, or raising chickens are common. Paper cutouts sometimes depict myths and legends and Chinese operas. Also flowers, birds, and Chinese Zodiac creatures are popular paper cutout designs.

With their caricaturistic and exaggerated patterns, paper cutouts express the hopes of people looking forward to a better life, and give a merry and prosperous atmosphere to the Festival.

Giving Red Envelopes (Lucky Money) to Kids


Happy Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year Lucky Money : Parents give their children red envelopes in the evening, with good wishes for their kids growing healthily in the coming year. Red envelopes always have money in. Money put in red envelops is believed to bring good luck, as red is a luck color, so it is called lucky money. The red envelops are usually given after the reunion dinner.
Source : Ch

[^Top* ]Chinese New Year Food Traditions 2015 l Dinner l Feast

Chinese New Year Food Traditions 2015 l Dinner l Feast : Certain dishes are eaten during the Chinese New Year for their symbolic meaning. Lucky food is served during the 16-day festival season, especially Chinese New Year’s Eve, which is believed to bring good luck for the coming year. The auspicious symbolism of these foods is based on their pronunciations or appearance.

Chinese New Year Food 2015 : Top Lucky Foods and Symbolism

Not only do the dishes themselves matter, but also the preparation, and ways of serving and eating mean a lot. 

Chinese New Year Food Traditions

Chinese New Year food 2015

The most common Chinese New Year foods includes dumplings, fish, spring rolls, and niangao.

Fish 鱼 Yú /yoo/
steamed fish
In Chinese, "fish" sounds like 'surplus'. Chinese people always like to have a surplus at the end of the year, because they think if they have managed to save something at the end of the year, then they can make more in the next year.


Chinese New Year Food Fish

Fish can be cooked in various ways such as boiling, steaming, and braising. The most famous Chinese fish dishes include steamed weever, West Lake fish with pickled cabbage and chili, steamed fish in vinegar sauce, and boiled fish with spicy broth.

The Meaning of Various Fish

What fish should be chosen for the New Year feast is based on auspicious homophonics.

Crucian carp: As the first character of ‘crucian carp' (鲫鱼 jìyú \jee-yoo\) sounds like the Chinese word 吉 (jí /jee/ ‘good luck'), eating crucian carp is considered to bring good luck for the next year.
Chinese mud carp: The first part of the Chinese for “mud carp” (鲤鱼 lǐyú /lee-yoo/) is pronounced like the word for gifts (礼 lǐ /lee/). So Chinese people think eating mud carp during the Chinese New Year symbolizes wishing for good fortune.
Catfish:The Chinese for “catfish” (鲶鱼 niányú /nyen-yoo/) sounds like 年余 (nián yú) meaning ‘year surplus'. So eating catfish is a wish for a surplus in the year.
Eating two fish, one on Chinese New Year's Eve and one on New Year's Day, (if written in a certain way) sounds like a wish for a surplus year-after-year.
If only one catfish is eaten, eating the upper part of the fish on New Year's Eve and the remainder on the first day of the new year can be spoken with the same homophonic meaning.
Happy Chinese New Year 2015 Fish is an auspicious Chinese New Year symbol
How a Fish Is Eaten Matters a Lot

The fish should be the last dish left with some left over, as this has auspicious homophonics for there being surpluses every year. This is practiced north of the Yangtze River, but in other areas the head and tail of the fish shouldn't be eaten until the beginning of the year, which expresses the hope that the year will start and finish with surplus.

There are some rules related to the position of the fish.

The head should be placed toward distinguished guests or elders, representing respect.
Diners can enjoy the fish only after the one who faces the fish head eats first.
The fish shouldn't be moved. The two people who face the head and tail of fish should drink together, as this is considered to have a lucky meaning.
These customs are observed in a lively and light-hearted spirit, full of laughing and banter.

Lucky Sayings for Eating Fish

年年有余 (Niánnián yǒu yú /nyen-nyen yo yoo/): May you always have more than you need!
鱼跃龙门 (Yú yuè lóngmén /yoo ywair long-mnn/): Success in your exam! ('A fish leaping over the dragon gate' implies successfully passing a competitive examination.)
Chinese Dumplings 饺子 Jiǎozi /jyaoww-dzrr/
Chinese dumplings
With a history of more than 1,800 years, dumplings are a classic Chinese food, and a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year's Eve, widely popular in China, especially in North China.

Happy Chinese New Year food

Chinese dumplings can be made to look like Chinese silver ingots (which are not bars, but boat-shaped, oval, and turned up at the two ends). Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you can make in the Chinese New Year.


Chinese New Year Food Dinner

Dumplings generally consist of minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin. Popular fillings are minced pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. They can be cooked by boiling, steaming, frying or baking.

How they're made : Almost all Chinese people can make dumplings. First they mix the dough, second make the dough into round "wrappers" with a rolling pin, third fill the wrappers with stuffing, fourth pinch the "wrapper" together into the desired shape, and fifth cook them.

Different Dumpling Fillings Have Different Meanings :

Chinese don't eat Chinese sauerkraut (酸菜 suāncài /swann-tseye/) dumplings at Spring Festival, because it implies a poor and difficult future. On Chinese New Year's Eve it is a tradition to eat dumplings with cabbage and radish, implying that one's skin will become fair and one's mood will become gentle.

How to Make LUCKY Dumplings

When making dumplings there should be a good number of pleats. If you make the junction too flat, it is thought to purport poverty.
Some Chinese put a white threadinside a dumpling, and the one who eats that dumpling is supposed to possess longevity. Sometimes a copper coin is put in a dumpling, and the one who eats it is supposed to become wealthy.
Dumplings should be arranged in lines instead of circles, because circles of dumplings are supposed to mean one's life will go round in circles, never going anywhere.
Lucky Saying for Eating Dumplings

Zhāo cái jìn bǎo (招财进宝/jaoww tseye jin baoww/): 'Bringing in wealth and treasure' — a felicitous wish for making money and amassing a fortune.

Spring Rolls 春卷 Chūnjuǎn /chwnn- jwen/
Spring rolls
Spring rolls get their name because they are traditionally eaten during the Spring Festival. It is a dish especially popular in East China: Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Fujian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, etc.

Spring rolls are a Cantonese dim sum dish of cylindrical-shaped rolls filled with vegetables, meat, or something sweet. Fillings are wrapped in thin dough wrappers, then fried, when the spring rolls are given their golden-yellow color.

Auspicious Chinese New Year food

Lucky Saying for Eating Spring Rolls

黄金万两 (hwung-jin wan-lyang/): 'A ton of gold' (because fried spring rolls look like gold bars) — a wish for prosperity.

Niángāo — (Glutinous Rice Cake) 年糕 (/nyen-gaoww/)
In Chinese, niangao sounds like it means "'getting higher year-on- by year"'. In Chinese people's minds, this means e higher you are the more prosperous your business isa general improvement in life. The main ingredients of niangao are sticky rice, sugar, chestnuts, Chinese dates, and lotus leaves.

Lucky Saying for Eating Niangao

年年高 (niánnián gāo /nyen-nyen gaoww/): 'Getting higher year-after-year by year', can imply children's height, rise in business success, better grades in study, promotions at work, etc.

Tāngyuán — Sweet Rice Balls (汤圆 /tung-ywen/)
Tangyuan is the main food for China's Lantern Festival, however, in south China, people eat them throughout the Spring Festival. The pronunciation and round shape of tangyuan are associated with reunion and being together. That’s why they are favored by the Chinese during the New Year celebrations.

Lucky Sayings for Eating Tangyuan

团团圆圆 (Tuántuán yuányuán /twann-twann ywen-ywen/ 'group-group round-round'): Happy (family) reunion!

Longevity Noodles 长寿面 (chángshòu miàn /chung-show myen/)
Chinese noodles
Longevity noodles unsurprisingly symbolize a wish for longevity. Their length and unsevered preparation are also symbolic of the eater's life.
They are longer than normal noodles and uncut, either fried and served on a plate, or boiled and served in a bowl with their broth.

Good Fortune Fruit
Certain fruits are eaten during the Chinese New Year period, such as tangerines and oranges, and pomeloes. They are selected as they are particularly round and "golden" in color, symbolizing fullness and wealth, but more obviously for the lucky sound they bring when spoken.

Eating and displaying tangerines and orangesis believed to bring good luck and fortune due to their pronunciation, and even writing. The Chinese for orange (and tangerine) is 橙 (chéng /chnng/), which sounds the same as the Chinese for 'success' (成). One of the ways of writing tangerine (桔 jú /jyoo/) contains the Chinese character for luck (吉 jí /jee/).

Eating pomeloes/shaddocks is thought to bring continuous prosperity. The more you eat, the more wealth it will bring, as the traditional saying goes. The Chinese for pomelo (柚 yòu /yo/) sounds like 'to have' (有 yǒu), except for the tone, and exactly like 'again' (又 yòu). 

Popular Chinese New Year Food for 2015

As 2015 is the year of the goat, goat dishes will be very popular. A very auspicious goat dish — San Yang Kai Tai — 'three goats bring wealth' (三羊开泰 sān yáng kāi tài /san yang kigh tigh/), is a very good food for Chinese New Year 2015.

San Yang Kai Tai used to be a New Year saying to wish good luck. The Chinese for "goat" (羊) is in a Chinese character for good luck (祥 xiáng /sshyang/). The character 泰 (tài /tigh/) means 'peace' and 'grand'. San Yang Kai Tai is also a 'National Painting', and would make a good Chinese New Year decoration for 2015.

The dish is a goat and radish stew, whose main ingredients are goat meat, cabbage, radish, green onion, ginger, salt, and water.

Source : CH

[Best^] Chinese New Year 2015 Traditions l Myths l Rituals

Chinese New Year Traditions 2015 : Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".

The source of Chinese New Year 2015 is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations.


Chinese New Year Traditions

Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner

The Chinese New Year's Eve dinner is the most important dinner for Chinese. Normally this is the family reunion dinner, especially for those with family member away from home. In the Chinese New Year's Eve dinner, normally fish will be served. Dumplings are the most important dish in northern china. These two dishes mean prosperous. Other dishes are depending on personal preference. The majority of Chinese will have New Year's Eve dinner at home instead of restaurant.

Chinese New Year Fireworks

Fireworks are used to drive away the evil in China. Right after the 12:00PM of the New Year's Eve, fireworks will be launched to celebrate the coming of the Chinese New Year 2015 as well as driven away the evil. It is believed that the person who launched the first Fireworks in the Chinese New Year 2015 will get good luck.

Chinese New Year Shou Sui

Shou Sui means after the New Year's Eve dinner, family member will normally stay awake during the night. Some people just stay until the mid night, after the fireworks. According to tales and legends, there was a mythical beast called the "Year". At the night of New Year's Eve, the "Year" will come out to harm people, animals, and proprieties. Later people found that the "Year" is afraid of red color, fire, and loud sound. Therefore, at the Chinese New Year's Eve 2015 night, people will launch fireworks, put on some fires, and stay awakes the whole night to fend of the "Year".

Chinese New Year Red Packets

Red packet is a red envelope with money in it, range from one to a few thousand Chinese Yuan. Usually the red racket is given by adults, especially married couple, and elderly to young children in the New Year days. It was believed that the money in the red packet will suppress the evil from the children, keep the children healthy, and long living.

Chinese New Year Markets


Chinese New Year Traditions

At the New Years days, a temporarily market will be setup mainly selling New Year goods, such as clothing, fireworks, decoration, foods, small arts, etc. The market is usually decorated with a large amount of lanterns.

Chinese Small Year 2015

Small year is the 23th or 24th of the last month of the year. It is said that this is the day the food god will leave the family to go to the heaven to report the activity of family to the Emperor of the heaven. People will have some religious ceremony to farewell the food god, including take down and burn the paint of the food god. After the Chinese New Year's Day, people will buy a new paint of the food god and post it at the kitchen. A few days before the Chinese New Year, people will do a complete cleaning of the house and house ware; means get rid of the old and welcome the new. In old days when bath is not often, people will normally take a throughout bath to welcome the Chinese New Year 2015.

Chinese New Year Decorations

After the cleaning, people will decorate the house to welcome the New Year. Most of the decorations are red in color. The most popular New Year decorations are upside down fu, dui lian, lantern, year paint, paper cutting, door god, etc..
Source: CNY

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

[*Top^] Chinese New Year 2015 (Lunar) Greetings, Phrases & Wishes

Chinese New Year 2015 (Lunar) Greetings, Phrases & Wishes: You are missing your close friends in China...why not convey New Year greetings in Chinese to him/her and surprise them. Chinese New Year wishes are not just for your loved ones in China but, for all those whom you care for. Express you affection and happiness by adding cute New Year messages with you gifts and greetings. You can also, send Chinese New Year quotes and saying to make it look very impressive. Here are beautiful Chinese New Year wishes which you can add with your e-cards or send as text messages.

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè (新年快乐) everyone! Xin Nian (新年) is “New Year”. Xin is new and Nian is year.  Kuai le (快樂) is happiness, joy, delight, or rejoicings. So “Happy New Year” in English is “New Year Happy” in Chinese: Xīn Nián Kuài Lè!. At the happy festival time, I give my sincere blessings to you and wish you a healthy an happy time in the coming new year. Happy Chinese New Year 2015.

Chinese New Year 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 Greetings

Chinese New Year Greetings 2015

  • "Hope the rising sun will bring with it bundles of joy, happiness and luck. Happy Chinese New Year 2015 !" 
  • "Light the lanterns and usher in another great year with new hopes and aspirations. Happy Chinese New Year!" 
  • "Get rid of the demons of the year gone by and embrace the positives to lead a fulfilling and pleasurable life ahead."
  • "Another year gone by, another year about to start and another set of opportunities being provided to you for realizing all your unfulfilled dreams in this Chinese New Year." 

                          *************Happy New Year 2015 Greetings*************

  • "Hope the days ahead are filled with immense joy and prosperity. Happy Chinese New Year."  
  • "I pray that the year of horse brings with it the fortune and good health for you and your family members." 
  • "Hope you are met with desired success at every step you take in the Chinese New Year."  

  • "Try to leave behind memories of the unpleasant incidents of the past year and move on with free spirit and good attitude to embrace the Chinese New Year of horse with sheer optimism." 

  • "Here’s a Chinese New Year wish of seeing you happy, joyous, prosperous, successful, and merry throughout the year of the horse."

Chinese New Year Wishes

  • "My heartfelt wishes are with you and your family members throughout this Chinese New Year." 
  • "The year of horse is your chance to make desired changes in your life that you have always wanted to bring." 
  • "Get over the vices of hatred, anger, jealousy, pride and ego and adopt the virtues of humility, modesty, honesty and integrity in this Chinese New Year of the sheep."
  • "God bless you with supreme courage and strength to turn the stones, as thrown in your life’s path, into milestones of prosperity and success." 
  • "This Chinese New Year of the horse may bestow upon you the determination to fight your evils, eh courage to set wrong thinks right and the fearlessness to move forward with confidence on new roads leading to success and happiness." 

                    ^^^^^^^^^^^Happy Chinese New Year Wishes^^^^^^^^^^^

  • "Opportunities are waiting for you in the Chinese New Year of the horse and all you have to do is to make the right moves. Take steps forward with sheer optimism and confidence to emerge victorious." 
  • "As you step into the Chinese New Year of the horse, you may find God’s blessing guiding you through the limitations and helping you rise higher above the weaknesses" 
  • "The year ahead presents you new horizons, fresh opportunities and new hopes. Seize the opportunities and make the most of the Chinese New Year of the sheep." 
  • "As the new year sets in, lets embrace it with happiness in our heart and smiles on our faces. Wishing you an year as bright as the sun that fills your life with infinite success."
  • "May the new year bring in your life joys that never fade, hopes that never die, strength that never weakens and take you as high as the sky. Wishing you a very happy chinese new year."
  • "My only wish for you on this new year is that may God shower you with the best of his blessings that make this year a splendid year full of success and happiness. Have a great chinese new year!"
  • "New Year is the time to unfold new horizons & realize new dreams, to rediscover the strength & faith within u, to rejoice in simple pleasures & gear up 4 new challenges. Wishing u a truly fulfilling new year! "
  • "May this New Year bring many opportunities your way, to explore every joy of life and may your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm, turning all your dreams into reality and all your efforts into great achievements. "
  • "When the mid-night bell rings tonight, Let it signify new and better things for you, let it signify a realization of all things you wish for, Let it signify a year of courage and believes, Wishing you a very very very prosperous 2015 "
  • "3-2=one heart praying for u, 1+1=two eyes looking for u, 3+2=five senses missing u, 4+3=seven days in a week I desire u, 7+5=1 2 months asking GOD to bless u "
  • "Memorable moment r celebrated together, U r my best friend for now & forever, Make me Miss U even more this New Year, Hope this year bring Happiness for you Dear. "
  • "My Happy New Year wish for you, Is for your best year yet, A year where life is peaceful, And what you want, you get. "
  • "Happy New Year to you, And when the new year's done, May the next year be even better, Full of pleasure, joy and fun. "
  • "May wealth always come your way. May it be auspicious and as you wish. A Charm to Bring Satisfaction and Happiness Year by Year "


Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy Chinese New Year Calendar | Dates | Animals

Happy Chinese New Year Calendar | Dates | Animals : (Sheep) Spring Festival 2015 falls on February 19. The holiday in China starts from February 19 to 25, 2015. It is the Year of the Sheep according to Chinese zodiac. Welcome to China and explore the traditional folk customs of this grand feast ! - when is chinese new year

Chinese New Year Calendar

Chinese New Year Calendar

Chinese New Year Calendar , Dates :

Chinese Spring Festival, also called Lunar New Year, has more than 4,000 years of history. Being one of the traditional Chinese festivals, it is the grandest and the most important festival for Chinese people. It is also the time for the whole families to get together, which is similar with Christmas Day to the westerners. Originating during the Shang Dynasty (about 17th - 11th century BC), Spring Festival, which celebrates family reunion, is full of rich and colorful activities, and hopes with the advent of spring and flowers blossoming. People from different regions and different ethnic groups celebrate it in their unique ways.

Chinese New Year Calendar | Dates | Animals :

Chinese New Year Calendar | Dates | Animals

Chinese New Year Calendar | Dates | Animals (PC - Link)

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival 2015) : Food during this happy event has its characteristics, which is the representative of Chinese festival food culture. Dumplings and the reunion dinner are indispensable at this time. Cold and hot dishes are all served. Fish is always an important dish then, which expresses people’s hope of having a wealthy year. In China, different places have their own traditions and activities to celebrate the Spring Festival. Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian and Pingyao are some good places to go if one intends to come during the time period. If one does not want to travel so long, but still want to enjoy the atmosphere of Chinese New Year, the local Chinatown is the best place.