These days, we are seeing the small goat on the Google homepage. Near the picture, there is a sentence: “Happy Lunar New Year.’’ Many of us would confess that we do not really know what the Lunar New Year is. Why do people always talk about the Lunar New Year? Today, I’m going to tell what the Lunar New Year is to all the readers and the traditional activities that go along with the Lunar New Year.
The Lunar New Year also is called Spring Festival. Normally, it started in Feburary. Spring Festival season had fifteen days, and is the most important festival in China. The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. The same calendar is used in countries that have adopted the Confucian and Buddhism tradition and in many cultures influenced by the Chinese, notably the Koreans, the Japanese, the Tibetan, the Vietnamese and the pagan Bulgars. The half month records the new year moon movement. The first day of the Spring Festival is the beginning for the moon movement. When the last day of spring comes you will see the whole moon.
The other important thing is the traditional activities. On the days before the New Year celebration, Chinese families give their home a thorough cleaning. It is believed the cleaning sweeps away bad luck and makes their homes ready for good luck to arrive. All brooms and dust pans are put away on New Year’s Eve so that good luck cannot be swept away. Even during this time, citizens can’t throw anything in the trash can. Some people give their homes, doors and windowpanes a new coat of red paint. Homes are decorated by the paper cutouts of Chinese auspicious phrases and couplets that speak of “happiness,” “wealth,” “longevity.” For the New Year food must be super abundant. Most Chinese would serve dumplings as the main dish in this festive season, although all the Chinese around the world would do the same things because it is believed that dumplings are wrapped in the semblance of Chinese gold nuggets used in ancient China. This period is the most happy time for all young kids. They will accept the luck money from their parents or family elder. All the old family members will put the money in to a red folder, and write some lucky sentence on the folder. Each folder has minimum 100 yuan; these depend on the family background and how many people are in the family.