New Year Customs

New Year customs

1.Shou Sui


New Year's Eve keep abode is one of the most important activities of the elderly, keep abode a long time. The earliest record found in the Western Jin Dynasty at the "local history": New Year's Eve night, each phase and presented, known as the "fed age"; food and wine called, "Do not years old"; "Year-old"; Everyone sleepless nights, to be dawn, saying "keep-years."

"Night even with two years old, five more points two days," New Year's Eve, the family reunited, ate New Year's Eve, lit candles or lamp, sitting chatting around the stove, waiting for the moment of greetings, night vigil, a symbol of We should run away from all the epidemic diseases and look forward to the new year with good luck. This practice was gradually prevalent, to the early Tang Dynasty, Taizong Li Shimin wrote "Shou Sui" poem: "The cold speech to winter snow, warm into the spring breeze." Until today, people are still accustomed to New Year's Eve celebration.

There are two meanings of keeping old age in ancient times: the elders shy for the old age, the meaning of cherishing the time; young people keep their old age, is to extend the life expectancy of their parents. Since the Han dynasty, the time between the new year and the old year has generally changed from midnight to midnight.



Chinese folk have "open firecrackers" one said. That is the dawn of the new year, the first thing every family members open the door is to release firecrackers, beeps of firecrackers. Firecracker is a Chinese specialty, also known as "blast battle", "gun battle", "firecrackers." Its origin is very early, so far it has more than 2,000 years of history. Firecrackers can create a festive lively atmosphere, is a festival of entertainment, can bring people happiness and auspicious. With the passage of time, more and more widely used firecrackers, variety of varieties are also increasingly common, every major holiday and wedding celebrations, and marriage, building, opening, etc., have to firecrackers to celebrate, a Geely. At present, Hunan Liuyang, Foshan and Dongyao in Guangdong, Yichun and Pingxiang in Jiangxi and Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province are famous hometown of fireworks in China. Their firecrackers produce many colors and high quality, which are not only popular in the whole country, but also exported to the world.

3.greeting new year


On the first day of the New Year, people all get up early, wear the most beautiful clothes, dress neatly, go out and visit friends and relatives and greet each other and wish each other the best of luck in the coming year. There are many ways in which New Year's greetings come. Some of them led several people from house to house to visit New Year with colleagues; some invited several people to visit New Year; and others gathered together to congratulate each other and called "group worship." As a result of the time-consuming and costly visits, some upper-class figures and scholar-officials later developed "New Year's Day films" by using each of them.

Chinese New Year, the younger generation must first give the elders a happy new year, I wish the elders longevity and well-being, the elders can be prepared in advance of the money given to the younger generation, said New Year's money can suppress the evil spirits, because "years" and "sneak" homonym, You can spend a year in peacetime. There are two kinds of New Year's money, one is a string of colored thread stringing dragon, placed in the foot of the bed, this record found in the "Yanjing agebook"; the other is the most common, that is, Child's money. New Year's money can be offered to the public after the birthday of the younger generation, or on the eve of the child's pillow when the child falls asleep on New Year's Eve. It is still prevalent that elders now distribute New Year's money to younger generations.