Unit 2 – Chinese New Year
Answer the following questions.
1- When does Chinese New Year start?
The Chinese New Year starts on the new moon between 21st January and February 20th. In china the lunar calendar is still used to determine traditional holidays. Moon has a shorter cycle than sun so Chinese New Year is never on the same day each year.
2- Why do Chinese families do thorough cleaning of their houses before New Year’s Day?
Chinese families clean houses before New Year’s Day. It is done to clear out any bad luck from the previous years and to make houses ready to accept good luck from the coming years.
3- Which color is not allowed and which color is encouraged on Chinese New Year? Why?
Wearing black color is not allowed due to its association with death; however, wearing red color is encouraged as the color is associated with turning off bad spirits.
4- What do decorations on doors and windows symbolize?
During Chinese New Year’s celebrations, it is a popular custom in China to hang up signs and posters on doors and windows with the Chinese word fu on them, which means luck and happiness.
5- What is the significance of New Year’s Eve Dinner?
The New Year’s Eve Dinner is an important activity of celebration. People visit relatives and partake in a large dinner where a number of specific food are served. Families make eight to nine dishes because in Chinese language the word “eight” means “prosperity” and the word “nine” means “long-lasting”.
6- What do the little red envelops filled with money symbolize?
The little red envelopes filled with money symbolize wealth and prosperity for the coming year. It is also common for elders to present red packets to unmarried members of the family.
7- What is the importance of Chinese New Year for Chinese families?
The Chinese New Year is considered to be one of the most important holidays for Chinese families. The holiday is celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic food and display of festive decoration.