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Beijing Travel Guide - Chinese Spring Festival (2)

Spring Festival couplets

Then is every household to prepare for the Spring Festival, while people began about ten days before the holiday, busy with the procurement of goods, stocking, including poultry meat, wine and oil sauce, north-south fried foods, sugar bait fruit. People usually buy sufficient goods, and also to prepare the gifts for going pro to friends in the Spring Festival. Parents purchase new clothes and new caps for young children to wear in the Spring Festival.

window grilles -back to woman mother's home

Spring Festival message- red paper with yellow letters pasted on the door of the residential, is so-called couplets written on red paper. Colorful auspicious Spring Festival pictures are posted in the house, while the ingenious girls cut out beautiful window grilles attached to the window, hanging red lanterns or affixed blessing words and Fortuna, door statues in front of the doors. The character “Fu”(means happiness) can also be put up upside down, passers-by say it: fu dao le, means happiness is coming. All the blessing activities are to add the festive atmosphere for the holidays.

Pasting Spring Couplets and Pictures

Another name of Spring Festival is called past “year”. In the past, legendary “year” is a beast to bring bad luck in people’s imagination. “Year” comes, the trees withered, flowers do not blossom; “year” pasts, everything grows, flowers blossom everywhere. How can we make the “year” past? It requires whip shelling, so we have a burning firecrackers customs, while it is also set off a lively scene in another way.

Beijing Travel Guide - Chinese Spring Festival (1)

Chinese window grilles paper - "blessing"

Before we learn more about Beijing travel, we had better have a deep understanding of Chinese culture. As Chinese Spring Festival is approaching, let’s proceed from here. Go!

Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese Lunar New Year) is the most ceremonious traditional festival in the civil China - the first day of the first lunar month of the lunar calendar, also known as the lunar year, commonly known as the "New Year", "Happy New Year". The long history of the Spring Festival, which originated in the Shang Dynasty drew to a close and the memorial activities. According to China's lunar calendar, ancient names of the first day of the first lunar month: Yuan Ri, Yuan Chen, Yuan Zheng, Yuanshuo, commonly known as New Year's Day. Till to the Republic of China, called the switch to the Gregorian calendar, the Gregorian calendar January 1 New Year, the first day of the first lunar month of the lunar year called the Spring Festival.

Spring Festival humanistic significance

Spring Festival means spring is coming, a new round of planting and harvest season is beginning. People just spent a long winter of ice and snow vegetation withered, looking forward to the early days of spring, when the Chinese Spring Festival is approaching, natural singing and dancing with joy to greet this festival.
During thousands of years, the celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival customs became very colorful play a Spring Festival 's Eve each year from Lunar twelfth lunar month on the 23rd, in the civil this time is called "Spring Day", also called "sweep dust day”. Engage in health sweep dust before the Spring Festival, are the habits and traditions of our people as known.

New Year Picture -"Sweep the Dust"

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