When Does The Chinese New Year Start In 2021
Other countries have different customs for Christmas and New Year's Eve. One of the countries where the celebrations are really different is China and its world-famous Chinese New Year. Do you know what sign of the Chinese horoscope we live in now and what sign we will enter and when will it be?
When Does The Chinese New Year Begin
This holiday marks the end of the winter season. It is known as the Spring Festival. It is sometimes called the Lunar New Year because its date is set according to the Chinese lunar calendar. It is celebrated in the period from the end of January to the beginning of February and varies from year to year. It is the most important of traditional Chinese holidays, and is celebrated for 15 days.
The date of the Chinese New Year is variable and varies between 21st January and 20th February 20. It is determined astronomically - the New Year comes with the second new moon after the winter solstice.
In 2020, the Chinese New Year began on 25th January and this was the year of the rat, it should have been a successful and suitable year for career building, the year of big trials and new opportunities. This year, according to Chinese calendars, ends on 11th February 2021 and the new Chinese year has the sign of the Buffalo which will begin on 12th February 2021.
What Awaits Us In 2021, According To The Chinese Horoscope?
The Chinese horoscope for 2021 predicts that no major changes will take place. Neither in the world nor at home. It should be a good year to organize our own finances. In the Year of the Metal Buffalo you may wish to organize financial matters, reduce debts and resolve relationships.
How Is Chinese New Year Celebrated?
If you want to celebrate Chinese New Year, it is important to follow the customs and traditions so that the message of the New Year is fulfilled.
What traditions and manners need to be followed when celebrating the Chinese New Year?
Before the New Year, it is important to clean everything at home, properly. It's important to sweep away all the bad luck that has accumulated in our homes during the previous year. Sweep away all the difficulties of destiny and make space for happiness. The Chinese consider this tradition very important.
Once the New Chinese Year begins, you should not clean at home. It is necessary to hidden brooms, shovels and other cleaning stuff is packed away until after the celebration period. You should not sweep or wash the windows, your home will now last for several days without cleaning. It is an important part of the tradition.
Doors and window frames are often painted red or decorated with red ribbons. Red is considered a happy colour in Asia. In China, for example, ribbons, lanterns and pictures with an animal are everywhere as a sign of the new year. These red decorations and the number 8 symbolize happiness, wealth and longevity. The decorations also include bowls with tangerines, which should also have leaves. Why? Because tangerines, which are still intact and have leaves, are the fruits of good luck.
God Of Kitchen
Part of the tradition, which belongs to the celebration, is also the entertainment of the God of cuisine. Many Chinese families have his painting or statue at home, and it is the custom to offer him a festive lunch. Thanks to that the god of the cuisine makes sure that the family is well-behaved and he can then take this message to heaven.
Traditional Pre-New Year's Dinner
On the eve of the Chinese New Year, a festive feast is prepared which includes a pig, duck, chicken, sticky rice cake (lin guo) and sweet delicacies. Significant is the Chinese radish which is a sign of longevity. Red chilli means happiness. Rice ensures harmony. Some Chinese do not want to eat meat on the first day of Chinese New Year because every year is named after an animal. In the following days, there are no more restrictions on meat.
Some foods are served because they symbolize abundance and happiness. In addition to special meals, children and guests are given tangerines and oranges because they symbolize wealth and happiness (they are always offered in pairs). An interesting tradition is the preparation of Chinese Jiaozi dumplings. According to Chinese tradition, coins should be hidden in one of them. Anyone who gets a dumpling with a coin is likely to be lucky next year.
If you are interested in a recipe for them, here is it:
What we will need:
200g of Chinese leaves, 1onion, 800g of plain flour, 250g of pork shoulder, 1 tablespoon of ginger, 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of Shao-sing (rice wine), 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 2 tablespoons of chilli sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 2 cloves of garlic
First we prepare the dough. Mix flour, a pinch of salt and a cup of water. Roll these into a ball, which we will put in the fridge for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, finely cut the onion, cut the cabbage into strips, grate the ginger, cut the meat into thin strips, squeeze the garlic and mix everything. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Roll out the dough on a thin plate and cut out with a glass. Put a spoonful of filling in the middle, moisten the edges of the dough and wrap. We cook them in a large pan. Then we can (but do not have to) fry them in oil until golden. Serve them with soy sauce and chilli sauce.
Donating Envelopes With Money
On New Year's Day, children, but often also adults, receive red envelopes decorate them with gold symbols, in which "money of happiness" is hidden. They are called Hong Bao or Ang Pow. These packages are usually the best of the whole New Year's celebrations, especially for children. The color red should scare away evil spirits.
Positive Attitude And Communication In The New Year
On this day we shouldn't cry, raise our voice, or argue. We should avoid disputes and negative attitudes. If it is not followed it will bring bad luck.
The Shooting Of Firecrackers
The evening usually ends with a fireworks show. The loud sounds of firecrackers should intimidate evil spirits and drive them away to prevent us from bad luck.
People Are Visiting Parades
These shows are full of excitement, including firecrackers, many activities, lion and dragon dancers. The dragon is worshipped in China, not perceived as a monster. The dragon actually symbolizes China itself. According to tradition, lions are also supposed to ward off evil spirits, similar to firecrackers. Dragon and lion dances are an important part of Chinese New Year. They are beautifully decorated.
The Chinese often visit temples to pray for good luck in the new year. There they light incense sticks.
The last day is the Lantern Festival. People carry lanterns in the streets that look like insects (dragonflies) and other animals. There are various lamps and lanterns everywhere and everything is lit. This day they are eating sweet rice cakes and other sweets. People around their houses put candles to induce home comfort.