China is gearing up for its Lunar New Year 2019

Festival of harvest

Chinese New Year is also called “Spring Festival” and “Lunar New Year” because it comes in the springtime and is dated based on the Chinese lunar calendar.
The Economic Times
The Economic Times
Each Chinese New Year is designated as “the year of” one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, which animal is supposed to characterize that year and all those born in it

Practiced world over

Chinese New Year is the most important annually recurring festival for people of Chinese ancestry all over the world.

It has been celebrated for over 1,000 years – possibly much longer, and the traditions involved are deeply ingrained in Chinese culture.

For many, it is also a religious holiday, full of prayers, offerings, and other acts of devotion.

Preparation

Houses are cleaned out thoroughly before it arrives to “sweep out any bad luck,” but brooms are hidden away on New Year’s Day for fear of “sweeping away the good luck” that the arrival of a new year brings.

New clothes, to be worn on New Year’s Day, and a large stash of food for New Year’s Eve dinner, are also purchased in advance, making the shopping centers very busy this time of year. Greeting cards are also commonly exchanged.

How many days of celebration

Chinese New Year is actually celebrated for 15 consecutive days, but the first three days are most important.

The 15th and final day, Chap Goh Mei is also a big event, where houses are decorated with an abundance of brightly colored lights. It is a way of ending with a grand finale rather than the festivities just fading away gradually.

Zodiac for this year

2019 is the year of the pig

Huge varieties

Solanum mammosum are on sale at a New Year market in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park.
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