Everyone is talking about it so I thought why not me 🙂
Today on 28th January people from China and not only from there celebrate their New Year—–> 2017. It`s the most important celebration in a Chinese calendar. As some of you know Year 2017 is a Year of Rooster. Why Rooster?
There are many stories and legends explaining the importance of animals and their actual meaning. Probably the most famous and well known legend is about the animals` race however I found another one which I think is very interesting too. People believe that Buddha just before his death asked all the animals to come and say goodbye to him. Only 12 animals appeared so Buddha decided to honour them. As a symbol of loyalty they were placed in the Chinese calendar beginning with the rat who came first and finishing with the pig who was 12th. That`s how chinese zodiac has 12 animals where each of them represents a different year. 2017 happened to be ROOSTER 🐓 cluck-cluck-cluck
How do they celebrate New Year ?
Before the New Year people clean their houses to get rid of bad spirits. They believe red colour brings good luck and happiness that`s why most of the decoration is red.
Today just after firework show most of them will spend their time at home having special family supper giving each other presents. I would say it`s very similar to our Christmas Eve when everyone stays at one table having family time . What presents they normally prepare? I think it depends on the family but most common gifts would be fruits, sweets or money. When the dinner is finished they won`t go to sleep oh no, no.They will be chatting and playing games till late hours getting ready for great celebration the following day.
The next day is always fulfilled with lots of music, dance and firework shows. People meet on the streets to celebrate together sharing their happiness and joy. The most important moment of the day is a Chinese New Year parade with a great dragon dance. Everyone continues their amazing celebration staying till veeeeeeeeeeeeeery late hours.
Chinese New Year is definitely much greater event than the celebration we have on 1st January. It lasts 15 days! Yes! 15!!! Beginning with the new moon and finishing it of with lantern festival. Normally during that time people visit their families so most of the shops or institutions are closed.
London is the 2nd place in the world with its greatest celebration of Chinese New Year. Everything takes place in China Town and Trafalgar Square where many people come to admire beautiful decoration and participate events planned in a very similar way as in China.
I am definitely coming to China Town tomorrow to take part in all the events and celebrate Chinese New Year with lots of other people. It`s really worth seeing so if you are in London tomorrow make sure you will have a look. Everything starts at 10am. Have a lovely weekend and let me know if you were doing any Chinese New Year related things.
Happy Rooster Year!!! 🐓2🐓0🐓1🐓7🐓