Celebrating Lunar New Year in Asia

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Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in many Asian countries like China, Korea, Mongolia and Singapore.

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China

Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year for the Chinese people. This is a chance for the family gathering, gathering after a long, hard-working year. According to the Daily Mail, traditional Chinese New Year will be held for 15 days and each day has a different meaning. However, the first 3 days of the new year are the most important.

The first, beginning soon after the New Year’s Eve, is the day to welcome lucky gods. Many people, especially Buddhists, will abstain from eating meat and avoid killing. Some people also believe that burning fire and using knives on New Year’s Day will make them unlucky for all year long. Therefore, the dishes for that day are all made from the day before. The first day is also a day for the children to express their gratitude to grandparents, parents.

The second is also called the beginning of the new year. On this day, married women will return home to visit their parents, relatives, and friends (traditionally, they do not have much chance to return home to visit their parents regularly).

3rd day is the praying day. On this day, people often go to pagodas to pray for good things come to themselves and their families. This is not a good day to welcome guests or to visit someone. During the Lunar New Year, Chinese people hold many activities to chase evil spirits and welcome the new spring, luck and the good things for all new year.

Vietnamese Lunar New Year via Dulich24h

Vietnam

Lunar New Year in Vietnam is also known as Tet. Like many countries in the rice civilization, the Vietnamese attach great importance to this occasion. Because the Vietnamese New Year is calculated according to the lunar cycle, the Lunar New Year will come after the Occident New Year. The lunar calendar of the Vietnamese is somewhat different from that of the Chinese, so the Lunar New Year sometimes does not coincide with the spring weather in China and other countries influenced by Chinese culture. The preparation of Tet usually begins in Lunar December 23.

The Eve is an important moment. According to custom, each family will prepare two rituals to worship the New Year, one is in the house and one is outdoors. The outdoor ritual will be dedicated to the gods and the other is for their ancestors. In addition to the activities such as spring wandering, first-guest welcoming, giving lucky money, Vietnamese people also have the custom of planting bamboo trees on the occasion of Tet with the meaning of banishing the devil and omen.

Korea

The biggest holiday of the year in Korea is the Lunar New Year, also known as Seollal. According to tradition, this is the day to expel evil spirits, bad luck and welcome good things. When the old year passes and the new year comes, everyone in the family gathers together and performs traditional rituals. On these days, Koreans usually wear traditional costumes, called Hanbok. The first ceremony, called Charye, will be held at the place of worship in the house. On the altar, the host presents many dishes. Later, family members will bow before the altar to pay tribute to their ancestors.

Next is the Sebae ritual. Young people will go to prostrate, wish the elderly people in the family with the best and receive lucky money to celebrate their age, called Sebaedon. This money represents the wish of success in the lives of the superiors for the children. According to Korea.net, during the three days of the Lunar New Year, Koreans often hold celebratory activities such as dancing, singing, and folk games.

Lunar New Year in Korea via Mon IPAG

Singapore

According to the Straits Times, about 80% of Singapore’s population is Chinese, so the country attaches great importance to the Lunar New Year. The preparation for this great holiday begins a few weeks earlier. Families will buy new clothes and clean their homes. The most important part of the New Year is the entire family’s New Year’s Eve dinner. Whether that meal is at home or at a restaurant, fish is indispensable. They said that eating fish at the beginning of the year will bring good luck.

During the Lunar New Year, married people will celebrate the age of grandparents, parents, and children in the family. Lucky money in Singapore is called “ang pow“. Apart from the red envelopes, they also give ripe berries, symbolizing good fortune. All of these gifts have to be in pairs because Singaporeans believe that the odd will bring about the bad luck. Like China, the Lunar New Year held in this island lats nation for 15 days. But the first two days are the most important. On this day, families will visit relatives and friends or take part in interesting activities.

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