Celebrating the Chinese New Year for 2011
Chinese New Year is surprisingly falls on a different date every year. It might be always celebrated after the harvesting is complete in the season of fall and before the plantation starts during spring but its dates keep on changing year after year. Fact about this is that, Chinese calendar added an extra month after every few years. This is to align the lunar cycle and solar cycle on which the Chinese calendar is based that obviously changes that Chinese New Year every year!
Chinese New Year is a very important event in the Chinese culture. It cannot be completed without hordes of Chinese traditions, customs and rituals associated with it. Its date always falls in between January 21 to February 20 each year and each year represented by an animal under the twelve Chinese zodiac signs.
This year, it was celebrated in February 3 which falls under the year of the “Rabbit”.
Chinese New Year is truly understood if you look at the customs associated with it. It is the time to remember the ancestors of a family and gives respect by the existing family members. It is a feast known as “Wei Lu” in Chinese which represents that unity in the family as well the community. There are also several religious ceremonies and rituals being carried out during this feast aside from giving respects to ancestors.
This Chinese celebration traditionally used to last for fifteen days but nowadays it has been limited to less than a week due to time and work constraints. It is the time for the whole family to get together and celebrate. Usually, the houses are being adorned with flowers, fruits, Chinese lanterns and attractive couplets on the walls.
Chinese have carried the cheers and festivities associated with it throughout the whole world. Chinese New Year is also counted as a big festival for some Asian countries such as Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines etc.