Hello ！welcome to the special Chinese new year's edition of discovering China. I'm Alina Li and I'm Ben Hedges, and today we'll be taking you through some of the most important traditions of Chinese new year and historical background. We will look at some of the legends behind Chinese new year and how to celebrate it. Here in the US and Chinese across the world.
The Chinese have specific way to celebrate their new year. If you walk down the street in Chinatown during Chinese New Year, you see a variety of ancient traditions such as red banners, firecrackers and lion dance performances, streets are filled with lively celebration.
However, legend has said that the new year has not always been a time of festivity. An Asian Chinese story told a chilly start to this festive holiday, it begins with an ancient Chinese beast called Nian.
Every New Year Nian would rise from swelling in the sea to ravage Chinese village in livestock and hurting people. The villages soon found out from a wise gray-haired old man that the only way to scare the beast away was to set off firecrackers and light lamps and to hang red banners on each door. As the story goes, this was the beginning of a tradition that would last thousands of years.
So this story leads to the creation of many of other traditions for celebrating Chinese New Year. let's take a look at some of these traditions.
Favorite Spring Festival is the most important festival in China .It’s to celebrate the lunar calendar ‘s new year .In the evening before the Spring Festival ,families get together and have a big meal .In many places people like to set off firecrackers .Dumplings are the most traditional food .Children like the festival very much ,because they can have delicious food and wear new clothes .They can also get some money from their parents. This money is given to children for good luck . People put New Year scrolls on the wall for good fortune .
The Spring Festival lasts about 15 days long .People visit relatives and friends with the words “Have all your wishes ”. People enjoy the Spring Festival ,during this time they can have a good rest .
Spring Festival is the most solemn year, the biggest festival. One to the Spring Festival, packed the streets, hanging men, women and children face a smile, to enjoy the festive fun. Our family had finished dinner, then to Wai-time in front of the television to watch, "Spring Festival", we have watched with relish. Evening programs colorful: comic, sketch let us into the new year; singing, dancing along with singing and dancing for us; magic, acrobatics Let us praise click one's tongue. Into the climax of the evening, "Dangdang when ... ..." the clock struck twelve, and the new year here. I secretly wish to promise, China's total education network documentation Channel hopes in the new year to the next level of my performance. Look, has become a fire
The Spring Festival a big and grand festival, the Spring Festival represents the peace, happiness and reunion. I like the Spring Festival, because you can set off firecrackers, and wear new clothes, get lucky money.
The day before the Spring Festival New Year's eve, everybody cheerfully stick couplets on the Spring Festival, in front of h home in the kitchen making dumplings, have a meal before you set off firecrackers.
I put a lot of firecrackers, Spring Festival "ZuanTianHou", "ZuanTianHou" fly to the sky, making sound, very nice. The second the "big tanks", like real tanks rushed past, open to a half stopped, colorful light, beautiful! The third set butterfly fireworks, firecrackers butterfly a fire like a rocket flying, fly far away. The fourth cherry bomb, cherry bomb was thrown to the ground, one step also ring with their feet.
I like Spring Festival very much, want to wh every day the Spring Festival!
The Lunar New Year is a great occasion to the Chinese people. It lasts about the first four days of the year,during which people do not work except for the workers on duty. Students do not go to school, and shops are closed.
Several days before the new year, people begin to prepare. Farmers kill pigs,sheep,cocks and hens. City dwellers buy meat fish and vegetables. Houses are cleaned;coupletsare posted on the doors. Colourful lanterns are hung at the gate.
On the eve of the new year,each family has its members gatherd together and eats a family reunion dinner. After the meal they watch TV until the clock strickes twelve. Then every family sets off long strings of small firecrackers and other fire works to welcome the new year. On the first day of the new year,almost everyone is dressed in his or her best. When people meet on the way,they say to each other "Happy New Year". Friends and relatives pay new year calls and gives presents to each other. Children indulge themselves in games.