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Chinese New Year Calendar

The Chinese New Year calendar is started from Jan. Spring Festival is the biggest event in the world. This event has more than 4,000 years of history and is the longest holiday of the year. This is the very main point of the Chinese culture. In the 21st century, the national holiday begins on the first of the Lunar Calendar and lasts until the 15th of the first month. In 2021, Chinese New Year begins on February 12th and ends February 26th with the Lantern Festival. On this event families are enjoying many more.

On the new year, IN China, all stores, shops and malls are closed during the first five days of the Spring Festival, with some not opening until the very end. People must stock up on New Year supplies beforehand and many begin on the Laba Festival. Kitchens will also show the first signs of Spring Festival dishes with the preparation of cured meat, salted fish and other preserved food. These people are very much.

The Laba festival / Event:

In the traditional sense, the Laba Festival of the lunar December (January 20th, 2021) marks the beginning of the Spring Festival. All the people are making many different things for their families. Memorial ceremonies are held on this day to pray to ancestors and gods (such as door gods) for fortune and a successful harvest. Though paganist in nature, the festival has become integrated into religions such as Daoism and Buddhism.

The main food for this festival is the Laba porridge It includes seven types of grains, such as red bean, red dates and husked rice. There are many different myths regarding this porridge, but all teach the lesson of being grateful and not taking what you have for granted.

In addition, the Laba menu includes Laba tofu noodles and wheat kernel rice It is also said that eating ice on this day will prevent any stomachaches for the year. According to their diet these are healthy people.

The Spring Festival:

Kicking off the main festivities is the Little Year on February 4th, with the Spring Festival officially beginning February 12th (February 11th is New Year’s Eve) and ending with the Lantern Festival on February 26th.

The Spring Festival is long and has specific activities and traditions for each day. As usual, they vary between regions. Here is a short summary of what may be on the schedule.

February 4th: Little Year:

In the past, government officials celebrated this day on the 23rd. Common folk celebrated on the 24th and fishermen on the 25th. These are special things in Chinese culture.

·         Lunar date

December 23rd

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 4th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

People are praying to God. This is another day of memorial and prayer ceremonies. Main activities include house cleaning to sweep away bad luck and pray to the stove god

·         Food

Sugar melons also known as stove candy are made of malt and can only be found on this day. Other food includes baked wheat cakes and tofu soup this type of food like these people.

February 11th: New Year’s Eve

Depending on the moon cycle, New Year’s Eve either lands on the 29th or 30th of the lunar December. Regardless, this day is also known as the 30th of the year

·         Lunar date

December 30th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 11th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

·         The reunion dinner, the most important meal of the year, takes place on this day. After dinner, the children will receive red envelopes. The family will then stay up late and wait for the New Year

·         Food

A feast of everyone’s favorites and specialties.

February 12th: Spring Festival

The original name for this day was Yuán Dàn with Yuan meaning “the beginning.” However, Yuan Dan is now used to refer to the New Year of the solar calendar. They are excite for the new year.

·         Lunar date

January 1st

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 12th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

Firecrackers start off a day of greetings and blessings between neighbors. There are no specific activities other than celebrating the New Year. The ancient Chinese record and analyze the weather, stars and moon to predict the fortunes of the year. The practice is known as zhàn suì

·         Food

In addition to food from last night, people can also celebrate with Tu Su wine

·         Superstitions & beliefs

It is forbidden to sweep or clean on this day, else good fortune will be swept away.

February 13th: To the in-law’s

In northern regions, the events are held on the 3rd.this event is biggest all came therefore the enjoyment.

·         Lunar date

January 2nd

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 13th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

On this day, a married daughter must bring her husband and children to her parent’s home. She must bring a gift bag of crackers and candies, which her mother will divide between neighbors’ increase the good relationship with neighbors. This simple gift shows that “it’s the thought that counts” and expresses the daughter’s longing for her hometown.

·         Food

Lunch is eaten together and the daughter should return to her husband’s home before dinner.

February 14th: Day of the Rat

According to folktales, this is the day that rats marry. This is famous for the wedding.

·         Lunar date

January 3rd

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 14th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

People will leave some grains and crackers in corners to share their harvest with the rats. They will then go to sleep early in order to not disturb the “wedding.” This way, the rats will not disturb them during the year either.

February 15th: Day of the Sheep

In Chinese mythology, the world was created by Nǚwā Sheep were created on the 4th day.

·         Lunar date

January 4th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 15th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

The god of wealth is prayed to on this day. Offerings include three types of meat, fruits and wine. At midnight, people will welcome the god in by opening the windows and eating and drinking until daybreak.

·         Food

The welcoming of five gods requires three tables of food. The first has kumquats and sugarcanes for a sweet life and successful road; cakes are on the second table. The third table has the main course of whole pig, whole chicken, whole fish and soup.

·         Superstitions & beliefs

It’s forbidden to slaughter sheep on this day. Fair weather is a sign that the sheep will be healthy this year and the family will have a bountiful harvest.

February 16th: Break Five

After praying to the god of wealth, markets and stores are able to open again. Women can also go out and give New Year blessings. These are all things is very important for the Chinese.

·         Lunar date

January 5th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 16th, 2021

·         Food

Dumplings are eaten to bring in wealth. Traditionally, it should be eaten for five days straight. The rule isn’t followed too strictly anymore, but every household will have dumplings at least once.

·         Superstitions & beliefs

Some say that taboos and activities forbidden on other days can be performed on the 5th. Others say it’s unfit to work on this day.

February 17th: Day of the Horse

Nüwa created the horse on the 6th day.

·         Lunar date

January 6th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 17th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

After the “break five” of the day before, people can truly begin working again. People will also send the spirit of poverty away, supposedly a frail-looking man who liked to drink thin porridge and purposely turned his clothing into rags, by burning scraps and offering banana boat candles.

·         Superstitions & beliefs

It is believed that the god of bathrooms will visit to check the sanitary conditions, so every household will use this day to clean.

February 18th: Day of the Human

On the 7th day, humans were created by Nüwa. Celebrations for the Day of Humans originate from the Han dynasty. People believe that humans are create at that date.

·         Lunar date

January 7th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 18th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

Ancient China had the tradition of wearing a hair accessory called rén sheng Colorful cutouts and gold engravings of flowers and people were pasted onto screens.

·         Food

Seven Gem Porridge is the dish for this day. It includes seven types of vegetables: kale, leek, mustard leaves, celery, garlic, spring vegetable and thick leaf vegetables. These things are use very much on that day.

·         Superstitions & beliefs

Weather has an impact on their lives. Fair weather is a sign of a safe and sound year.

February 19th: Day of the Millet

According to legends, this is the millet grain’s birthday. Agriculture was the basis of ancient Chinese society and people highly valued the grain.

·         Lunar date

January 8th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 19th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

Pets such as fish and birds are released back into the wild to show respect to nature. In modern times, some families visit rural areas to learn about agriculture. This helps children appreciate farmers’ hard work and become more environmentally-aware.

·         Superstitions & beliefs

Fair weather is a sign of a fruitful harvest. A gray sky warns of a year of losses. Stores opened today will have great business.

February 20th: Providence Health

This is the birthday of the highest god, the Jade Emperor. In Daoism, he is the sovereign of the universe and is the ultimate representation of “sky.”

·         Lunar date

January 9th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 20th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

The main activities are ceremonies for the Jade Emperor. In some regions, women will bring fragrant flower candles to natural wells, harbors or open space and pray to the gods.

·         Superstitions & beliefs

Before praying, everyone must fast and bathe. If there is a meat offering, the animal must be male.

February 21st: Stone Festival

Ten has the same pronunciation as rock. Therefore, this is the birthday of the Rock.

·         Lunar date

January 10th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 21st, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

In some regions, the people will freeze a clay jar onto a smooth stone the night before. On the morning of the 10th, ten youths will carry the jar around. If the stone doesn’t fall, it’s a sign of a good harvest.

·         Food

Lunch is a meal of baked bread. It is believed that after eating, the road to wealth will be open and smooth for that year.

Superstitions & beliefs

It is forbidden to use stone tools, such as rollers and millstones.

February 22nd: Son-in-Law Day

Fathers will invite their daughters and son-in-law’s to dinner on this day.

·         Lunar date

January 11th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 22nd, 2021

·         Food

Even after meals the day before, there are usually plenty of leftovers from Tiangong Sheng. The family uses this to treat the in-law.

February 16th–18th: Lantern Festival Preparations

During this period people will begin preparations for the Lantern Festival by purchasing lanterns and constructing light sheds.

·         Lunar date

January 12th–14th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 23rd–25th, 2021

·         Superstitions & beliefs

The saying goes: make noise on the 11th, build light sheds on the 12th, light the lantern on the 13th, light is bright on the 14th, a full moon on the 15th, end the light on the 16th. It has a nice rhythm in Chinese and summarizes the activities of the next few days.

February 26th: Lantern Festival

The festival lasted ten days in the Ming dynasty, but is now only five days in modern times.

·         Lunar date

January 15th

·         Solar (Gregorian) date

February 26th, 2021

·         Activities & traditions

Creating lanterns is the most important activity during the festival. Lantern is a game played by writing riddles on lanterns. As it is a full moon that day, moon-gazing amidst lanterns is the best way to celebrate.

·         Food

Named after the festival, yuan Xiao are glutinous rice balls often eaten as a dessert. Either boiled, steamed or fried, they represent reunions.

·         Superstitions & beliefs

Lanterns sounds similar to, or “add children.” Many will light lanterns in hopes of adding children to the family.

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