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Various Forms, Traditions & Activities during Spring Festival

Although the Spring Festival is the traditional festival of the whole people in China, it has various forms, traditions and activities in different place of China. In fact, almost all characteristic places have their own traditions about this most important festival in China, but the most obvious differences reflect in the southern and northern of China, just separated by the Yangtze River. Usually, the customs are same generally, just the realizable forms are different.

Couplets of Spring Festival

Pasting spring couplets and pictures is the must-do thing to express the wishes of the whole family in new year, is a special and unique literary form in China. The northern people will past the spring couplets and pictures in the early morning of the day of the New Year's Eve, and the sooner the better. But in southern of China, people do this thing before the New Year's Eve dinner. Refer to the New Year's Eve dinner, it is the formal meal for the whole family, and is called as the family reunion dinner. Northern people put this formal meal in lunch and blasting before lunch, and eat dumplings in dinner, maybe that's why they past couplets in morning, and southern people regard the dinner as the formal meal and eat glue pudding in 00:00am, at same time they blasting.

Happy Chinese New Year

The lunar New Year's Day is the start of the Spring Festival. In this morning, people all wear the new clothes to visit the relatives to wishes to each other. The younger will give new year's greetings to the old and get the money which named as Yasuiqian to protect the safety of younger. In northern, people will get up early to blasting and eating the dumplings as the breakfast, and then they will worship ancestors with a large family. Back to home, they will start to visit the relatives before lunch. In southern, people get up to eat the glue puddings and then start to visit relatives. In addition, the same custom of southern and northern is it is forbidden to clean house in that day, or will clean the luck or money.

In fact, if you have experienced the Spring Festival in different places, you will enjoy the complex customs in China, they are the fruit and heritage of Chinese traditional culture.