Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year)

The Filipino tradition on how Chinese New Year is spent every year has been passed on from generation to generation. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year and celebrations can last for about 15 days. The same as with the traditional New Year’s Day celebration every 1st of the year, the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year also consists of Fireworks and special dishes. The Lunar New Year is considered to be the most important festivity for the Filipino–Chinese communities, however, it does not follow a certain date as compared with the regular New Year.

This day is celebrated each year in hope of welcoming prosperity and to drive off bad spirits. People usually clean the house for the event and also prepares money (Hong Bao, Ang Pao, or Lai See), usually in red envelopes, they prepares various types of food and fruits to be served on the table. The mythological Chinese dragon is the main symbol of Chinese New Year. We also have the traditional “Tikoy  which is like the sticky rice (only that this is stickier! LOL). This food is believed to keep the family ties closer and more solid.

This is the traditional Ang Pao...
Below is the popular Tikoy... It is believed that if tikoy is served during the new year, families tend to stick out with each other through thick and thin.

The New Year Fruit Basket which mostly consists of round fruits (circle) which symbolizes the shape of money...

As I have observed in Ongpin ( a local Chinese-Filipino Business community), they don’t close out their stores during the New Year and they welcome the dragon dancers and feeds them the red envelope with lucky money inside because this is also believed to bring prosperity the whole year through for their businesses.

Chinese New Year is also associated with the animal signs as shown below:
*  Rat – ambitious and sincere
*  Ox – bright, cheery, and a leader
*  Tiger – courageous and sensitive
*  Rabbit – talented and loving
*  Dragon – robust and passionate
*  Snake – wise and strong-willed
*  Horse – attractive and popular
*  Sheep – aesthetic and stylish
*  Monkey – persuasive and smart
*  Rooster – pioneering spirit and wise
*  Dog – generous and loyal
*  Boar (or pig) – gallant and noble

You can also check out my post about the New Year Zodiac Predictions. Whatever beliefs we may have, we should not forget that these should only guide us in life, faith, love and belief in God is still the best way to live life to the fullest...

Happy New Year to All! =D