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Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

 

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese春节traditional Chinese春節pinyinChūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and 20th of February. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, including Singapore, IndonesiaMalaysiaKoreaThailandVietnamCambodiaMauritiusAustralia, and the Philippines.

The New Year festival is centuries old and associated with several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.[8] Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

Extracted from Wikipedia.

Chinese New Year Offerings

Chinese New Year Offerings of Fruits

New Year’s Eve

The biggest event of any Chinese New Year’s Eve is the annual reunion dinner. Dishes consisting of special meats are served at the tables, as a main course for the dinner and offering for the New Year. This meal is comparable to Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. and remotely similar to Christmas dinner in other countries with a high percentage of Christians.

In northern China, it is customary to make dumplings (jiaozi) after dinner to eat around midnight. Dumplings symbolize wealth because their shape resembles a Chinese sycee. In contrast, in the South, it is customary to make a glutinous new year cake (niangao) and send pieces of it as gifts to relatives and friends in the coming days. Niángāo [Pinyin] literally means “new year cake” with a homophonous meaning of “increasingly prosperous year in year out”.[34]

After dinner, some families go to local temples hours before the new year begins to pray for a prosperous new year by lighting the first incense of the year; however in modern practice, many households hold parties and even hold a countdown to the new year. Traditionally, firecrackers were lit to scare away evil spirits with the household doors sealed, not to be reopened until the new morning in a ritual called “opening the door of fortune” (simplified Chinese: 开财门; traditional Chinese: 開財門; pinyin: kāicáimén).[35]

Beginning in 1982, the CCTV New Year’s Gala is broadcast in China four hours before the start of the New Year and lasts until the succeeding early morning. A tradition of going to bed late on New Year’s Eve, or even keeping awake the whole night and morning, known as shousui (守岁), is still practised as it is thought to add on to one’s parents’ longevity.

From Wikipedia

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

 

Gregorian Date Animal Day of the week Gregorian Date Animal Day of the week
2001 24 Jan Snake Wednesday 2026 17 Feb Horse Tuesday
2002 12 Feb Horse Tuesday 2027 6 Feb Goat Saturday
2003 1 Feb Goat Saturday 2028 26 Jan Monkey Wednesday
2004 22 Jan Monkey Thursday 2029 13 Feb Rooster Tuesday
2005 9 Feb Rooster Wednesday 2030 3 Feb Dog Sunday
2006 29 Jan Dog Sunday 2031 23 Jan Pig Thursday
2007 18 Feb Pig Sunday 2032 11 Feb Rat Wednesday
2008 7 Feb Rat Thursday 2033 31 Jan Ox Monday
2009 26 Jan Ox Monday 2034 19 Feb Tiger Sunday
2010 14 Feb Tiger Sunday 2035 8 Feb Rabbit Thursday
2011 3 Feb Rabbit Thursday 2036 28 Jan Dragon Monday
2012 23 Jan Dragon Monday 2037 15 Feb Snake Sunday
2013 10 Feb Snake Sunday 2038 4 Feb Horse Thursday
2014 31 Jan Horse Friday 2039 24 Jan Goat Monday
2015 19 Feb Goat Thursday 2040 12 Feb Monkey Sunday
2016 8 Feb Monkey Monday 2041 1 Feb Rooster Friday
2017 28 Jan Rooster Saturday 2042 22 Jan Dog Wednesday
2018 16 Feb Dog Friday 2043 10 Feb Pig Tuesday
2019 5 Feb Pig Tuesday 2044 30 Jan Rat Saturday
2020 25 Jan Rat Saturday 2045 17 Feb Ox Friday
2021 12 Feb Ox Friday 2046 6 Feb Tiger Tuesday
2022 1 Feb Tiger Tuesday 2047 26 Jan Rabbit Saturday
2023 22 Jan Rabbit Sunday 2048 14 Feb Dragon Friday
2024 10 Feb Dragon Saturday 2049 2 Feb Snake Tuesday
2025 29 Jan Snake Wednesday 2050 23 Jan Horse Sunday
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