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About Chinese New Year Day 1
Chinese celebrates a day specially called ‘Chinese New Year’; on 26 Jan. Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the New Year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The first day of the Lunar New Year is “welcoming of the gods of the heavens and earth”. On the second day, the Chinese pray to their ancestors as well as to all the gods, also birthday of all dogs. The third and fourth days are for the sons-in-lasw to pay respect to their parents-in-law. The fifth day is called Po Woo. On that day people stay home to welcome the God of Wealth. No one visits families and friends on the fifth day because it will bring both parties bad luck. Sixth to 10th day, the Chinese visit their relatives and friends freely. They also visit the temples to pray for good fortune and health. The seventh day of the New Year is the day for farmers to display their produce. These farmers make a drink from seven types of vegetables to celebrate the occasion. The seventh day is also considered the birthday of human beings. Noodles are eaten to promote longevity and raw fish for success. On the eighth day the Fujian people have another family reunion dinner, and at midnight they pray to Tian Gong, the God of Heaven. The ninth day is to make offerings to the Jade Emperor. The 10th through the 12th are days that friends and relatives should be invited for dinner. After so much rich food, on the 13th day you should have simple rice congee and mustard greens (choi sum) to cleanse the system. The 14th day should be for preparations to celebrate the Lantern Festival which is to be held on the 15th night. The 15th day of the New Year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. it is the combination of Lunar and Solar movements. Like a leap year, the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years i.e. seven years out of a 19-year cycle. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair. More food is consumed during the New Year celebrations than any other day. On this day, the Chinese family will eat a vegetarian dish called ‘Jai’, nian gao, is for in south china, whole fist represents togetherness and abundance, chicken for prosperity, uncut noodles for long life. Families decorate their living rooms with vases of pretty blossoms, platters of oranges and tangerines and a candy tray with eight varieties of dried sweet fruit. The candy tray arranged in either a circle or octagon is called "The Tray of Togetherness".
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