Many calendars are in use in the world and each religion has its own calendar like Muslims follow Hijri calendar while Hindus pursue Bikrami calendar. Moreover, Christians follow Gregorian calendar, as do all other religions in the world. Talking about Chinese, they follow lunar calendar and follow a cycle of 12 years that is in use in Chinese society only.
Each year has a name of one of the following animals: rat, ox, tiger, hare dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, chicken, dog and tortoise. Each Chinese new month starts on the day of the new moon so inspirational quotes that the full moon falls on the fifteenth of the month. Each Lunar month has 29 or 30 days. Each Chinese New Year always starts between January, the twenty-first and February, the twentieth.
The New Year Day
Before the New Year Day, some traditional Chinese families clean out their houses very carefully. The female members of the family make different kinds of juicy cakes and other sweet dishes believing that the sweet sticky juicy cakes will make their kitchens stored with a lot of bread, rice and other cereals.
The customary Chinese families go to their temples where they burn incense, and other fragrant sticks. They make offerings to their gods and pray for their better future. They thank their gods for all the happiness of the past year.
Red; the Favorite Color
Red is the favorite color with Chinese. They believe that red color is a sign of life, strength and bravery. Traditional families stick red banners on the walls of their houses saying that, “May the family live in peace”. The young members of the family make tea for the elder ones and receive red packets containing money.
As for the meal, the Chinese believe that the first meal of the New Year must not contain any meat. All the family members have to attend the great family feast on the New Year day and are supposed to be there even they have to travel for miles. There is a grand feast on the seventh day also. Chinese believe that man came into the world on the seventh day so it is a birthday for everyone.
Chinese forget all their quarrels and petty disputes and everybody wants to be the first to forget the quarrels and welcome the members of the opponent family.
The lights switched on at the New Year Eve are on for three days as a good omen. Chinese believe that all the debts be paid on the last day of the year. Shops are open on the second and fourth day but remain closed on the first and the third day believing that the opening of shops on the first day will bring them bad luck. Chinese believe that the New Year will be as good or bad as the New Year day. Therefore, parents do not scold their children and avoid quarrels on the New Year Day.