It is the 24th. of January 2020 in the Gregorian calendar, It is also the Chinese new year’s eve(last day of the pig year) according to the Chinese
Chūn jié literally means the beginning of Spring hence ‘the spring festival’
The Lunar new year (year of the rat) falls on the 25th. of January 2020. A week or so before the new year every family is busy with preparations which include general cleaning and buying of special gifts and foodstuff for the spring festival. Family members away from home plan to travel back home to celebrate with loved ones.
Chúxī is the Lunar new year’s eve, also referred to as dàniányè. On this night family members reunite and gather a table to happily share niányèfàn/tuán yuán fàn(special new year’s eve meal)
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The meal shared on dàniányè is the most sumptuous you will ever have in one year. All types of delicious Chinese food will be displayed on the family dining table for each member to help themselves to. Fish is a must-have, commonly know has nián nián yǒuyú. The yú here means plenty and not fish. yú is used to ask the new year to bring with it everything the family needs in plenty.
After the hearty meal and drinks, family members will chat as they await the new year. At midnight, it does not matter whether you’re in the village or in the city, everyone rises up to welcome the new year, some people will set off fireworks that add beauty to this wintry night.
During this period adults will give young children yāsuìqián(money given as Lunar new year’s gift ) Children are difinitely the happiest lot during these festivities, the good food, new clothes, and then the gifts!!
From the first day of the new year to the fifth, the Chinese will pay a visit to loved ones. Whenever they meet they will always say ‘gōngxǐ! gōngxǐ!’ or ‘xīnnian hǎo!’
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