China: Chinese New Year 2012
Today marks the official start of the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese Culture. It is also called the “Festival of Spring” which marks the end of winter in China. Just before the official start of the Chinese New Year many Chinese people will “Spring Clean” their homes and adjust the “Feng Shui” to make place for everything that is Good, Bring Luck and Good Fortune.
The Chinese New Year is not the same as Western World New Year’s. In the western world we celebrate New Year’s as one big party with not too much superstition and symbolic. The Chinese New Year is completely different and stretches over 15 days.
In the following days we here at 3D Car Shows will discuss the different "Chinese New Year" days starting today with the first day in the Chinese New Year.
For more information about the Chinese New Year you can read the following articles:
- If you cannot see the Google Doodle for the Chinese New Year you can read more about it here:
. The Google Doodle Chinese New Year Image were not available on English sites at the time of writing this article. If you want to see it you will need to visit the Google Hong Kong site.
- The Dragon symbolize prosperity and Good Fortune. Unlike Western Civilizations who believe dragons are evil. In Chinese Culture the dragon is very important. In this article we discuss the significance of the Dragon in the Chinese New Year:
- This is a short article about the
, providing an overview of the Chinese New Year.
The First Day of the Chinese New Year
The first day of the Chinese New Year starts at midnight. On the first day the Chinese people welcome deities of the heavens and earth to their homes. Buddhists will not eat meat during the first day of the Chinese New Year as it is believed that this will bring bad karma. On the first day of the Chinese New Year many people will visit their elders, parents and grand parents. In return they will give their children small red envelopes with money in it. This brings good fortune to both.
Buddhists will abstain from killing animals on the first day of the Chinese New Year as it is considered bad luck to kill an animal. The Buddhists will also celebrate the birthday of the Budai Luohan which falls on the first day of the Chinese New Year.
On the first day of the Chinese New Year many business people will also give their employees bonuses which are believed to bring good karma for the business.
During the first day of the Chinese New Year, some families will perform the "Lion Dance" as a way of ushering in the New Year. The "Lion Dance" is also believed to chase away bad spirits and to clean the air of bad karma.
Fireworks: Chinese New Year
Part of the first day of the Chinese New Year includes big firework displays, after all it were the Chinese who invented fireworks. In some cities fireworks have been banned as a result of increased fires over the Chinese New Year, to make up for this Cities host their own Big Firework displays. These Firework displays are some of the most magnificent firework displays in the world!
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