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 2015 . Chinese 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
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 EvePutting 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 CoupletsXiapu : 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-Painti
Putting Up Chinese New Year Paper CutoutsPaper 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