As previously said, on the 23rd of the 12th month of the Chinese lunar year, they send the God of the Kitchen Stove to Heaven. They welcome him back on the fourth day of the Spring Festival by burning incense and paper depicting money, letting off firecrackers, and giving sacrifice things like as meat and fruits.
This festival is called "The Spring Festival". It is a holiday when China celebrates the start of spring after the cold winter season. It falls in late January or early February each year.
In addition to burning incense and offering sacrifices, people also give gifts to each other. This gift could be something simple such as flowers or chocolate bars, or it could be something expensive like gold ornaments. The important thing is that it shows love and respect.
After the Spring Festival has passed, people will then start making their way back to work. There is no official end to this holiday, but it usually lasts for about 10 days.
Many households offer incense and invite the God of Wealth, Tsai Shen or Cai Shen (traditional Chinese: Cai Shen; simplified Chinese: Cai Shen; pinyin: Caishen), into their houses in the early morning. Fireworks are once again sent up to greet the deity. This is because having a house full of children requires that you be rich enough to be able to afford many babies.
The family will also eat rice porridge together in the morning to bring good luck for the year. This is called "Jiaozi" which means "little bubbles." Bubbles were thought to represent money as they appear in clouds before a storm. Thus, eating little balls of dough was believed to ensure prosperity for the year.
There will also be lots of food on the table for everyone to help them have good health during the year.
Finally, families send each other gifts - usually decorations - made out of bamboo and paper. These are called "niuqiu" which means "first gift." The custom begins with someone giving this first gift to another family they respect. It is then passed down through the generations until it reaches its final destination. At the end of the year, families go back to where this tradition started to burn their "niuqiu" gifts in celebration.
During the Chinese New Year celebrations, the family's leader, who is usually a male, will lead the family to the shrine to pay respects to the ancestors. The meal will then be served to the ancestors, which will include a variety of plates of food, cakes, fruits, and sweets, as well as an abundance of food offerings. This is because it is believed that if you don't provide them with enough food, they won't be satisfied and will keep coming back to haunt you.
In addition to this, the leader will also make sure that all the members of the family have a good year ahead. If there are any problems within the family, the leader will try to resolve them before CNY begins so that there are no conflicts during that time.
After making sure that everyone has what they need for a happy new year, the leader will start the tradition again by going to visit the graves of their parents.
This tradition was brought over from China and originally called "paoming." It is still practiced in some parts of Asia including China, India, and Thailand.
In America, the Chinese New Year is now officially recognized as a public holiday where people take time off work to celebrate with their families.
In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur signed into law a bill making Sunday, February 9th a legal day of rest throughout the United States.
In addition to fall trips, traditional Chinese holidays, and mountain climbing, some Chinese pay their respects at their ancestors' graves. At dusk, cast flower-shaped lanterns into a stream or river and make sacrifices to the departed, whose wandering souls or ghosts may return to visit at night. This is one of many ways Asians honor the dead.
Chinese festivals are fun times for enjoying food, singing, dancing, giving gifts, and meeting up with friends. The holidays have something for everyone. In fact, during the Chinese holidays, you will find people from all over the world celebrating in their own way.
The most important holiday is New Year's Day, which falls on January 1st this year. It is a public holiday in China. People take time off work to enjoy themselves and give thanks for the past year.
Other significant holidays include: Lunar New Year's Eve; Dragon Boat Festival; Tomb Sweeping Day; Earth Dog Day; Mid-Autumn Festival; and Ching Ming (or Qingming) Festival. Each month has its own customs and traditions. For example, people wear clothes that were worn by important people in past lives - called "ren" - during March. Also, it is taboo to speak ill of the dead.
Chinese New Year's Cuisine
Every Chinese household has a practice of meticulously cleaning the house before the Lunar New Year arrives. Families will clean their clothing, bedclothes, and all of their kitchenware to sweep away any bad luck and create place for good incoming luck. They will also wash their cars and burn incense to pray for good fortune.
The most important thing for families to remember is that this is not a perfect world and accidents can happen at any time. That's why it is vital that you keep safety in mind while cleaning your home. Use caution not to disturb any evil spirits who might be living in your furniture or on other people's property.
After the house is cleaned, the next step is to pray for good fortune. This can be done by burning joss sticks or making an offering of food to the gods.
Finally, it is recommended to spend some time with family and friends, especially those who mean the most to you. This would help you have a happy new year together.
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Because nian is also the Chinese word for year, people light fireworks to commemorate the passage of the year (or the beast). The Chinese believe that what you do on New Year's Day sets the tone for the rest of the year. People avoid telling ghost stories, discussing death, or using profanity or unlucky phrases. Instead, they make resolutions to change their behavior and be more positive.
Fireworks are used because they can't be seen from far away, which means that someone walking down the road wouldn't be able to tell who was celebrating until they got closer. This protects the celebrant from being punished by the emperor if he or she was not lucky enough to find a job or get funding for their project.
The Chinese also celebrate the coming of spring and autumn's fall with fireworks as well. September 2 is National Fireworks Day in China. It is celebrated throughout China with firework displays held at night across the country. The history of this tradition is complicated but it probably started when peasants used fireworks to signal the end of the old farming season and the beginning of the new one.
In conclusion, the Chinese celebrate the year because it is the only time they have every opportunity to be happy and give thanks to God for all their blessings.