Lunar New Year

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Lunar New Year is the beginning of the year based on a lunar calendar or a lunisolar calendar. It is also called Spring Festival, which is held by several Asian countries, such as China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Korea. In China, it is known as “春節 (Chūnjié)”, it marks the end of the winter and lets the spring begin. In Vietnam, it is “Tết Nguyên Đán.” The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Lunar New Year started from the Era of The Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors in China and it has been changed by years. Each year will be under a Chinese Zodiac in order of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit (Cat in Vietnam), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig (Boar in Japan and Elephant in Northern Thailand), following with Yin-Yang system and Five Phases (wŭ xíng- includes Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Soil.)

In Lunar New Year, people believe that everything is new will bring luckiness. About ten days before New Year, people will clean up the house, paint the walls, cook special dishes, and buy some new stuff. Many things are covered by red color- the symbol of luck. This is an opportunity of family reunion. People also avoid fighting, arguing, and saying bad things. The children can get a lot of money in red envelopes to get good luck. Clothing mainly featuring the color red or bright colors is commonly worn throughout the Lunar New Year because it was once believed that red could scare away evil spirits and bad fortune.

In Lunar New Year, many people stay at home then visit ancient graves, relations and friends. They worship and cook. Some others enjoy travelling.

The use of firecrackers was a traditional part of celebration, has over the years led to many unfortunate outcomes. Hence, many governments and authorities eventually…...

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