On Feb 19th 2015 that means actually yesterday, all the Chinese people and their descendants celebrating Chinese New Year. It might be just an usual day in Europe and another side of universe but for these people, it’s an extravagant thing. Just like BC/AC Calendar, they celebrate the Lunar New Year in so special way (so tehnically they celebrate 2 new years in a row).
Entering the new year means entering another Shio. Shio is a name of 12 Chinese Zodiac (It’s also a title of a film — Jacky Chen as the main actor. My fave one!). On the year of 2014 known as the year of Horse and start from today, the year of 2015 would be known as the year of Goat. Since I born in 1991, I got this shio! So my shio is Goat shio. It’s also for those who born in 1967, 1979, 2003, and 2015. If you were born on 1990 you got Horse shio, vice versa. This shio in particular year means you will have a better luck and better chance for whole year than other shio-es(?). This year is my year, so… Good luck for me! 😉
Here it is! Nine facts about Chinese New Year (as from now I will shorten it as CNY) :
- There are 12 countries in the world who celebrate CNY. Three days of Official Holiday on China, Taiwan, Hongkong, Macau, and Vietnam, including the days of going back to own’s hometown. North and South Korea have three official holidays, Singapore has two official holidays, and the rest Indonesia, Philippine, Malaysia, and Brunei have one day official holiday.
- Chinese and Taiwanese people rarely say “Gongxi facai (恭喜發財)” on CNY. That means “congratulations on being rich.” It’s happened in ancient days because CNY related to the success of planting rice (rich in foods) in summer days to make alive on winter, but nowadays Chinese and Taiwanese people like more to say “Xinnian kuaile (新年快樂),” means being happy in new year. Expect more on being rich, they also expect on ping’an 平安 (safe) and chenggong 成功 (success).
- International date of CNY varies every year due to Lunar calendar, it’s always between Jan 21 – Feb 20.
- CNY in China also called as “Chunjie (春節)” and in Taiwan also called as “Guonian (過年).”
- Among 6 billion of world population, there are about 2 billion who celeberate CNY (including me! 😀 ). In China itself there are more than 700 million resident who going back to their hometown — usually called as chunyun 春運, on 2014. In Taiwan there are about 14 million of Taiwanese did chunyun 春運 on 2014.
- Red envelope (hongbao 紅包) has been a common tradition since ages. Usually given to those who are not getting married YET (me, again! 😆 ) or to the KIDS, called yasui qian(壓歲錢) Lucky Money (luck of getting married this year or more on achievement, success on school, etc etc)
- In London’s Chinatown and Hongkong, CNY held at the very most extravagant of all days. In Trafagal Square and Central London Streets there gathered for more 500.000 people. In Hongkong, on the third day of CNY there’s a horse-racing tradition where more than 100.000 people/fans will gather at Sha Tin Ravecourse to watch the horse-racing tradition and barongsai.
- At the 15th day of CNY there will be Pretty, Giant Lampion Festival in opened-gardens or opened-spaces in China and Taiwan. The Palembangs (one of the tribes in Indonesia) will sail through the Musi River to Kemaro Island.
- As the founders of gunpowder, China, Taiwan, and Hongkong are the most rousing countries of using big fireworks (or sky rocket? 😆 LOL) and petards.
As the closing, here I give you my song when I took extra lesson for Mandarin Class 🙂
你好! 你好, 大家好 nihao! nihao dajia hao (hello, everyone!)
你早! 你早, 大家早 nizao! nizao dajia zao (good morning, everyone!)
你好吗?我很好 nihaoma? wohenhao (how are you? I’m very good)
謝謝你，不用謝 xiexieni, buyongxie (thanks, oh no need..)
對不起， 沒關係 duibuqi, meiguanxi (I’m sorry, no problem)
再見，再見！明天見！ zaijian zaijian! mingtian jian! (See you tomorrow!)