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Happy New Year - Beijing Travel Guide

In many countries, the first day of the January is a good day, a joyous day for all over the people, so governments regard this day as the legal holiday, and famous as the New Year's Day. In China, this it is called as Yuandan. Yuan in Chinese means the start and origin and dan in Chinese means the time that the sun just appears on the horizon, so Yuandan is the start of a year and the first day of a year. Different with the Spring Festival, it is the holiday for most countries in the world, so the customs of Yuandan are different. A new year always takes the good wishes, in the day of cleaning the dirt and old of the past year and usher the new scenery, countries use their characteristic way to receive the new year. If you like to know these differences, follow me!

New Year's Day in China

In China, Yuandan has long history of almost 5,000 years, although it refers to the first day of a new year, the detail dates of Yuandan in history of China are different according to the former methods to record time. For Yuandan, government recesses three days continuously for the holiday to celebrate the new year. At this time, the various shopping mass and department stores will discount bigly to attract people. So, if you stay in China, you will good harvest in that holiday.

Fireworks on New Year's Eve

In English, people will prepare the sufficient wine and meat before the first day of new year. The local English recognize that if have no remainder of wine and meat, the new year will poor and unlucky. Besides, people in English will fetch water and strive for the first one, which symbolizes this person is a happy one and the water is the lucky water. Get up earlier, you will be the lucky one!

In Brazil, people hold the torches highly to climb mountain in this day, they strive to be the first one to seek for a kind of fruit, and only the fearless people can find out this rare fruit. They call this activity as seeking good fortune.

And in Mongolia, the old people will be dressed up to be the sheepherder with the leather coat and fur cap to whip in air, which symbolizes the exorcism and blessing.

These customs in different countries are interesting, but all wish have a good lucky and happiness in new year.