Friday, January 27, 2017

The 2017 Lunar New Year Celebration: The Facts and Data of Spring Festival

People all over the world celebrates different holidays but with similar wishes - Hope, Positivity, Growth, Prosperity, and advancement.

The 2017 lunar New Year is around the corner. The lunar new year celebration is a festival for ⅕ of the world’s population. The lunar New Year has been celebrated for more than 4000 years, it symbolizes the end of winter and the beginning of spring, thus, it’s also being called the Spring Festival, it is the festival to honor ancestors as well as other holy beings. Here are some interesting facts and data about the lunar new year.  


  • The lunar New Year lands on the first day of the lunar month and continues for 15 days until the moon is full, Each of the 15 days of the celebrations has a particular role.


  • Each year of the lunar 12-year cycle is named after an animal. Once the 12-year cycle is over, the animal list begins again. The 12 animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.


  • The two popular flowers most commonly associated with Spring festival are the plum blossom and water narcissus. The plum blossom is the symbol of courage and hope, and the water narcissus is symbolized good luck and prosperity. Vases of flowers are placed around houses to symbolize rebirth and growth. Bowls of oranges and tangerines are also displayed to symbolize good luck and wealth.


  • The dragon dances and street fairs are popular holiday events as well. Dancers dress up as lions and dragons and perform for onlookers. It is for good luck and it is believed that the lion is an auspicious animal.


  • The New Year Wishes are full of good and lucky words, the “unlucky,” negative words or foul language are discouraged. Only talking about the past is also discouraged because everything should be turned into the future new year and new beginnings.


  • The lunar New Year ends with the lantern festival, which takes place on the 15th (last day) of the celebration. Families gather for dinner and go out and see fireworks and light lanterns Lanterns are put up for decoration, let loose to fly, and floated in rivers. The lanterns are believed to light the way for the new year. Firework display during the Lunar New Year stems from the tradition of lighting bamboo stalks. They are all the symbols of the light to shine up the upcoming new year with positive views and the new perspective.


It is the other time for self-reflection, recharging and making the resolution. Wish all of us to have a prosperous and peaceful Year of the Rooster.

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