Thursday, January 28, 2016

Do You Have Any Plan To Do On Chinese New Year's Day 2016?

Chinese New Year 2016 (Thai :- 'วันตรุษจีน') (Traditional Chinese 農曆新年) or (中國新年 - Zhōngguó xīnnián) 
• Date : Monday, February 8, 
• Year of Monkey

History of Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year's Day has another name called 'Lunar New Year' or 'Spring Festival'. Legends of Chinese New Year have many stories. Some story 'Chinese New Year's Day' is celebrated for a monster named 'Nian', so it's called Guo Nian (过年) in Chinese, which mean 'Celebrate (a new) year' or 'overcome Nian' and the character 年 (Nián) could mean a 'year' or 'the monster Nian.

Chinese New Year's Day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. But the date is different each year on the international calendar, between January 21th and February 20th, which In 2016 it's Monday February 8th, Officially only the first three days of Chinese New Year between February 8 - 10, 2016 are holiday.

The New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to respect to their god and their ancestors.

Image below : Image of 'Chinese New Year Celebrations's schedule' (source)

Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mauritius, Philippines and also Thailand. 

The most of Thai people (be half-blood Thai and Chinese or Chinese people) do the special purchases, such as special foods and other special things for that day. 'They will pay respect to their ancestors and their gods in Chinese New Year's Day.'

Traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. 

At the Door and the window will be decorated with red color paper-cuts themes such as "good fortune", "happiness", "wealthy" and "longevity" by facing south and north before the Chinese New Year's Day.

     photo of the most popular lighting firecrackers for celebrations in Chinese New Year's Day.

Other activities include lighting firecrackers and it can not do without Reunion Dinner that in the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner and Parents usually give their children red Paper envelopes after the reunion dinner, wishing them Lucky in the coming year. 

And 'Chinese New Year', People generally visit their friends, relatives or send a new year greeting card or a text message in that special day too.

Lucky Red Paper Envelopes
Giving red envelops or 'Ang Pao' { hóngbāo (红包) is custom at Chinese New Year. The Red Paper Envelopes that use for this year which is year of Monkey. Money are wrapped in red paper envelopes which is believed to bring good luck, as red is considered to be Lucky color, so it's called 'Lucky money' given to kids from their grandparents, parents or others as New Year gifts.

  Three Images above are 'Red envelopes for Year of Monkey 2016'

Why do they like red envelopes?
Chinese people love the red color because it's a symbol of good luck and happyness. Sending the red envelopes that it means sending good wishes!

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• Lord of Buddha : Calm, be Calm-Hearted & Peace

Guan Yin : Chinese Goddess of mercy

 Cai Shen  (Traditional Chinese 財神) : Chinese God of Wealth & Fortune
      Cai shen's name is often invoked during the 'Chinese New Year' Celebrations'.

 Hok Lok Sew
Hok (chinese : 福)  : God of Wealth and Fortune
Lok (chinese : 禄) : God of Power and Honor
Sew (chinese : 寿)  : God of Longevity

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