The New Year passed, but holidays didn’t finish. The Chinese New Year knocking on the door. If you are interested about chinese history, or you just want organize different and interesting party we will give you some advices how to get ready for the Chinese New Year. First let’s say something about this holiday. In China it’s called also Lunar New Year or Chinese Spring Festival and it is the most important holiday among all. On our Western calendar it starts somewhere between 21st of January and 21st of February it is depend from the year. The festival for the Chinese New Year last for the first fifteen days of the Chinese lunar calendar. The celebrations are very big and colourful, includes many decorations, parades, folk traditions. In a few steps we will help you to be part of the Chinese traditions and celebrations.
How to prepare for the holiday?
- First of all clean your home.
This tradition is founded in the belief that cleaning the house at this time of year will “sweep away the bad luck” that has accumulated inside over the past year. Cleaning also makes the house ready for the good luck to start entering. For a perfect cleaned home you can contact to a cleaning company. I can recommend to you the services of End of tenancy cleaning Canterbury.
Don’t clean your home after the New Year has started, because the chinese believe that the good luck which come in your house with the New Year will run out. Over the following fifteen days, or at least the first few if you can’t wait that long, you are re relieved of cleaning duties.
- Put red decorations.
Red is the color or symbol of good luck in Chinese culture and is often used for new year decorations. The number “8” also symbolizes good luck and wealth, since the Chinese character for eight rhymes with fortune or wealth.
Paste paper cutouts onto the window.
Display Chinese New Year paintings and artwork.
Decorate with paper lanterns. These are made of red paper and are one of the most common decorations during Chinese New Year.
Paint your door, doorframe, or window panes red for a real change of pace!
- Arrange additional decorations.
Complement the crafts and artwork with bowls of food, flowers, and other treats.
Place flowers through the house, such as lotuses. Lotus flowers symbolize rebirth and new growth.
Place mandarin oranges in bowls throughout the house. Mandarins with their leaves still intact are the fruits of happiness for the New Year. Use an even number and eat in pairs for good luck.
- Appease the Kitchen God.
Seven days before the New Year, the Kitchen God is said to report to the Jade Emperor about the household. Keep on your best behavior and offer him a sacrifice of fruit, candy, water, or other food. Some people burn a picture of the Kitchen God to send him up to heaven as smoke.
If you do everything of this you are almost ready for welcoming the Chinese New Year. The last piece of the whole picture is to dress for the occasion with traditional chinese clothes. Have fun and let’s the luck be with you.