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Lunar New Year's day

Category: Holidays in America - Date: (9-02-2012, 21:28)
Lunar New Year's day

Chinese New Year calendars:

Lunar New Year 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012

Lunar New Year 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lunar New Year 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014

Lunar New Year 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lunar New Year origin

      In China, New Year celebration lasts 15 days. This is a great, long-lasting holiday full of numerous symbolic rituals and traditions.

      This is the time when the Chinese living in America are getting together to sit at table in the circle of traditionally large families, to communicate with their relatives and friends over a cup of tea.

      The Chinese New Year festival is called Spring Festival "Chun Jie", and it lasts for three weeks. In ushering in the New Year, Chinese astronomers are guided by moon phases.

      Since ancient times in January or February of the Chinese New Year, the Chinese launched "cleaning the house" first. By tradition, after that ceremony, it was forbidden to wash the house before the holidays were over; otherwise the success obtained in the new year can be washed away.

      They then saw off the old year with lion dances and firecrackers. During the festivities other residents, non-Chinese, joined them in Chinatown too. When the clock struck the last minute, everybody started shooting firecrackers, burning paper, driving away the evil spirits.

      From year to year, Chinese overseas students and their friends spend New Year celebration, not only the European but also the Chinese way.To the sounds of traditional Chinese music all the invited students and teachers say farewell to the outgoing year and make wishes.

      Among the entertainments are folk songs of the Celestial Empire, contests for the most skillful handling of chopsticks, demonstration of calligraphic mastery and much more. The main objective pursued by college teachers in organizing and encouraging such celebrations is to boost an international learning environment.

      To date, one of the largest Chinese quarters in the world is New York’s Chinatown. It is inhabited by about 90-150 thousand people (exact number unknown).

      New York's Chinatown is located in the eastern part of Manhattan, an area of nearly 4 square kilometers. And, naturally, precisely this part of the territorial United States is the scene of the most vigorous celebration of Chinese New Year.

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