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Winter Holiday in China

Posted by: anave | May 7, 2009 Comments Off on Winter Holiday in China |

Actually, only young people celebrate Christmas day in China. Young people just want to have fun on the holidays. So there is no real Christmas day, but we have the most important traditional holiday “Chinese New Year” in winter. It is sometimes called the Lunar New Year, especially by people outside China. It is as important for us as Christmas day for USA.

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 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.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors.
The sacrifice to the ancestors, the most vital of all the rituals, united the living members with those who had passed away. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family.

There is also an evening party on that day. Some wonderful dance will be performed. Here is a video about it. These performers can not hear anything, but their performance is so amazing. I hope you will like it.

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