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Chinese New Year in Thailand Destination : Bangkok Category : International event
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Xin jia yu ei Xin ni huad chai! I wish you richness, money, and health. Absolutely, I am going to talk about Chinese New Year which is coming up soon.

 

What about you, where do you want to go? Before making a decision, I want to tell you about what happens at Chinese New Year.

 

 

“The Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Though the dates for celebration of the Chinese New Year vary the importance of this festival remains the same.

 

According to tales and legends, the celebration of Chinese New Year first happened 4,000 years ago, in 2100 B.C. Then it was called “Sui” festival, as the ancient Chinese determined their year based on the Jupiter cycle phase which they named “Sui”. 1000 years later, the Chinese changed the name of this festival to “Nian”; which means abundant harvest.

 

According to Chinese regional customs and traditions, the Chinese New Year festival season extends from the mid-twelfth month of the previous year to the middle of the first month of the lunar calendar. New Year’s Eve and New Year Day are the two most important days of all.

 

 

For the Chinese, the preparation for the New Year festival is crucial. Traditionally they start arrangements in the first week of the 12th lunar month; at present it is considered to be on the first week of December as most countries have adopted the Gregorian calendar. The preparations will first start by a thorough house cleaning, as it is believed the cleaning sweeps away any bad luck from the preceding year and makes their homes ready to receive good luck. They then buy presents, decorative material, food and clothing. According to many statistics, Chinese people spend at least one third of their annual income at this time of year! Markets or village fairs are set up as the New Year approaches. These, usually open-air markets, sell New Year related products such as flowers, toys, red couplets and red lanterns. It is convenient for people to buy gifts for their New Year visits as well as their home decorations.

 

Within China regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of Chinese New Year vary widely, but there is one common traditional celebration; the family dinner on New Year’s Eve. It is the biggest event for most people and can be compared to Christmas dinner in the West. A dish consisting of fish (Yu) and tofu (Dou Fu) will appear on the tables of Chinese families because the pronunciation of fish and tofu are homophones for the word “Fu Yu”; which means good fortune and prosperity. In northern China, it is customary to make dumplings (Jiaozi) after dinner to eat around midnight. Dumplings symbolize wealth because their shape is like a Chinese tael. By contrast, in the south, it is customary to make a New Year cake (Niangao). Niangao literally means increasingly prosperous year in year out.

 

On New Year’s Eve, there is another common tradition called “Shou Sui”. This tradition starts after the family dinner. All family members will normally stay awake during the night and will launch fireworks at midnight as they believe that they will scare away evil spirits, but in some big crowded cities like Beijing fireworks and firecrackers are banned as it can cause fire hazards and air pollution.

 

On the first day of Chinese New Year, people typically wear new clothes from head to toe to symbolize a new beginning in the coming year. Wearing new clothes also symbolizes having more than enough things to use and wear in the New Year. This day is also a time when families visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended family, usually their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents to greet them by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is a great way to reconcile; forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wishing peace and happiness for everyone.”

 

See you,

  How to get there

The best way (and most scenic) is to take the River Express Boat and get off at the Ratchawong Pier. From there walk up Ratchawong road and you'll reach the tail end of Yaowarat road.

Take the MRT to Hua Lumphong station. Take escalator exit #1 walk straight ahead pass the canal and you'll see Mittraphap Thai-China road ahead. Just a few minutes away you'll see Wat Traimit (see below), a temple compound recently renovated. Past Wat Traimit you'll come across the Chinatown gate and the beginning of Chinatown starts at Yaowarat road to the right.

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  Written by : oat11 oat12 18-11-2014
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