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Chinese Lunar New Year: The Year Of The Pig

Image of performers doing a traditional Dragon dance in ChinaTown.

Image of performers doing a traditional Dragon dance in ChinaTown.

Image taken from ChinaTown.co.uk

Image of performers doing a traditional Dragon dance in ChinaTown.

Image taken from ChinaTown.co.uk

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Image of performers doing a traditional Dragon dance in ChinaTown.

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In America, we have many holidays that are celebrated from all the different cultures that make us up as a country. While many have already celebrated New Year’s Day on January 1st, many people are preparing to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year as well on the 5th of February.

Each Chinese Lunar New Year celebrates an animal that represents the new year. In this case, the pig is the animal that represents 2019. Along with this tradition, people celebrate with their families and friends by giving money in red envelopes to each other and decorate their surroundings with red as well, which symbolizes good luck and wealth.

As for entertainment, pyrotechnics are often used during celebrations as well. Firecrackers are made from strings of rolled red paper containing gunpowder that, when set off, leave shreds of scarlet paper all around. It is believed that the loud noise of the firecrackers scares away evil spirits.

Alongside firecrackers, traditional dances such as the Dragon Dance can be seen in this celebration as well. The Dragon Dance is a dance where performers dress up as a colorful dragon and dance down the streets with music.

Besides celebrating the Lunar New Year with dancing and festivities, people also celebrate by doing other activities such as cleaning and praying in order to welcome the New Year. During Chinese New Year windows are scrubbed, floors are swept, and furniture is dusted in preparation for the New Year, sweeping away the bad luck of the past year.

Another thing that people do during the Chinese Lunar New Year is going to temples and praying to gods. People pray for many things such as good health or a better upcoming year.

People during this time also have a feast with family and dine on a different array of foods, some food even has a specific meaning during the New Year. Dumplings are known to be eaten and are considered as a representation of wealth. Steamed fish is one of the many things that is eaten as well and it increases in prosperity. Nian gao is a glutinous rice cake that represents a higher income or higher position.

May people have a happy Chinese New Year and welcome the year of the pig.

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