The Chinese character "fu" (meaning blessing or happiness) is a must. The character put on paper can be pasted normally or upside down, for in Chinese the "reversed fu" is homophonic with "fu comes", both being pronounced as "fudaole." What's more, two big red lanterns can be raised on both sides of the front door. Red paper-cuttings can be seen on window glass and brightly colored New Year paintings with auspicious meanings may be put on the wall.
People attach great importance to Spring Festival Eve. At that time, all family members eat dinner together. The meal is more luxurious than usual. Dishes such as chicken, fish and bean curd cannot be excluded, for in Chinese, their pronunciations, respectively "ji", "yu" and "doufu," mean auspiciousness, abundance and richness. After the dinner, the whole family will sit together, chatting and watching TV. In recent years, the Spring Festival party broadcast on China Central Television Station (CCTV) is essential entertainment for the Chinese both at home and abroad. According to custom, each family will stay up to see the New Year in.
Strictly speaking, the Spring Festival starts every year in the early days of the 12th lunar month and will last till the mid 1st lunar month of the next year. Of them, the most important days are Spring Festival Eve and the first three days. The Chinese government now stipulates people have seven days off for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Many customs accompany the Spring Festival. Some are still followed today, but others have weakened.
On the 8th day of the 12th lunar month, many families make laba porridge, a delicious kind of porridge made with glutinous rice, millet, seeds of Job's tears, jujube berries, lotus seeds, beans, longan and gingko.
The 23rd day of the 12th lunar month is called Preliminary Eve. At this time, people offer sacrifice to the kitchen god. Now however, most families make delicious food to enjoy themselves.
The Spring Festival, people said she was used a new day; Some people say that she is another step in social advancement; Some people say that she is the symbol of revenue in the door. But we know this group of naughty boys, it is quietly comes the sound of footsteps.
Spring Festival days, no matter how naughty naughty children do, also not blame the adults, in this a few harmonious happy days, they also have no reason to destroy atmosphere! This is also one of the reason we love Spring Festival. So, we this group of naughty boy always gather together, to walk on the street, buy some "double-barrelled gun", "red spider" firecrackers and a few little things, such as a joke. Sometimes, we can leave a gap will nest in advance, will be lighted firecrackers threw it into the henhouse, before long, we can hear the screams of chicken. Or, we will secretly behind the timid girl, pretend to diffuse towards the timid girl inadvertently lost several firecrackers, and the timid girl crying while running scene really ridiculous.
The first day, the first lunar month is the traditional festival "Spring Festival". In the morning, at first light, I was woken up "crackling" firecrackers. This suggests that the first day has arrived! We go shopping together, a string of firecrackers in the hands of people lit, sounds really big, splash around, as if to send every blessing to every household. Crash in a burst of firecrackers, chopping, lively! The color of the street is also much more colorful than usual. See every, all kinds of business signs and unfurled a banner. Store the door hang red lanterns, each glance at let a person heart warm. Blue sky, the hidden colorful balloons in the sun is gorgeous and dazzing. A breeze through, the size of balloon wind dance, as if to greet passers-by nodded again.
Spring FestivalThe Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and is when all family members get together, just like Christmas in the West. All people living away from home go back, becoming the busiest time for transportation systems of about half a month from the Spring Festival. Airports, railway stations and long-distance bus stations are crowded with home returnees.
The Spring Festival falls on the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, often one month later than the Gregorian calendar. It originated in the Shang Dynasty (c.1600 BC-c.1100 BC) from the people's sacrifice to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.