Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chinese New Year

although it is technically feb. 13th here in canada and the united states, over in maylasia, i have two friends, june.. and amelia.. who are right now greeting in the new is now 1:30 pm here and and it is 2:30 am, feb 14th in china and malaysia.
june has kindly sent me some beautiful pictures to post here.
these, she says are pictures of the "great eastern mall" which shows how they have decorated it for the "chinese new year"...

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is sometimes called the "Lunar New Year" by English speakers. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as chú xī. It literally means "Year-pass Eve".

Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Han Chinese populations, such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors, as well as cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction

In countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday, many ethnic Chinese hold large celebrations and Australia Post, Canada Post, and the US Postal Service issue New Year's themed stamps.

Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. People will pour out their money to buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing.

On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is a great way to reconcile forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizable Chinese population resides. Since Chinese New Year falls on different dates on the Gregorian calendar every year on different days of the week, some of these governments opt to shift working days in order to accommodate a longer public holiday. Also like many other countries in the world, a statutory holiday is added on the following work day when the New Year falls on a weekend.

thank you so much june and happy new years to you and amelia and god bless terry


Dimple said...

Hi Terry,
This is an interesting post--I never knew anything about the Chinese new year before. Thanks for the information!

Terry said...

yes dimple..i never knew either until june told me a while ago back.
you know this would have made a really nice ruby tuesday post, eh?
just imagine that the chinese new year is on valentines day!! terry

Amrita said...

Thank you for sharing this Terry. I know its a big celebration. In Calcutta where there is a large Chinese community they had celebrations.

akumangkok said...

Hi Terry,
I am 'touched' that u bothered to put up these pics for the Valentines day cum Chinese New Year celebrations this year.
The fact that the two celebrations fell on the same day this year is such a coincidence. This is the first time as far as my life has existed that I believe this has happened.Both celebrations have a lot of RED colors too!
Reading ur piece here has lifted up my spirits. I was feeling a little down (latest news on RBR in my blog comment).
I had a good long weekend with my Mom and brother's family.
Although we do not celebrate Chinese New Year we have lots of friends who do.
Thank you Terry.


akumangkok said...

Thanks for putting up those pics Terry.