New Year in Chinese Style
The New Year according to the Chinese calendar day doesn't coincide with traditional New Year holiday on January 1. As a rule, the Chinese New Year's Eve falls somewhere around January or February, depending on the Sun's and the lunar Moon phases calendar. Current year is marked with the “Horse” sign.
According to Chinese traditional calendar New Year day is set on the 2nd new moon succeeding the winter solstice. Solar and lunar periods are referenced for determining this. Among animals that serve as the year signs are: Feline, Dragon, Serpent, Stallion, Ram, Ape, Rooster, Hound, Hog, Rat, Bull, Tiger. Each person bears the sign of the year one was born and this is reflected in a person’s character features.
The holiday of New Year’s Eve in China is also called Spring Fest, and is probably the most admired annual celebration. Traditionally this celebration proceeds by gathering of nearest people and make honors to their dynasties and divinities, after which families take their meals and drinks to appraise New Year. While preparing for celebration, families decorate their houses according to feng shui. All members of families try to stay awake all night long, as there is a legend that goes this way: deity on New Year’s Day gives gold to families, so if they slept, they would miss the gift.
Decoration used in decorating houses is various: from diverse flowers to colorful vases that signify revitalizing of nature on the new cycle. Tangerines and oranges are put in plates around the house signifying prosperity. These are usually complemented with different eight kinds of sweeties. Sweeties usually include peanuts, seeds of red melon, lotus seeds, coconut etc.