What the holiday - Chun Jie is?
of Chun Jie in translation from Chinese are meant by New year or the Holiday of spring. It is the most important for residents of Celestial Empire day. At this time Chinese celebrate awakening of Earth from long winter dream. The main color of a holiday is red that symbolizes the sun, fire and energy.
Celebration of New year in China reminds of ancient times when this day celebrated the holidays “ Zha “ and “ La “. From mentions in the Chinese literature we learn that celebration “ Zha “ - this peculiar worship of gods of agriculture. This day people sacrificed various animals and arranged merrymakings. Holiday “ La “ it was focused on worship of house gods. Over time these two days merged on one holiday - “ La “. Day of celebration was shortly before lunar New year. New year was not as large-scale as “ La “ but nevertheless on a threshold of our era it received the name of Big New year, and finally forced out from a calendar “ La “. So Chinese began to mark out Chun Jie - as the biggest and important holiday of the country.
Chinese celebrate New year even 15 days. How there take place these 15 gala days in China?
In first day Chinese celebrate gods of Earth and the Sky who are patrons of family happiness. Many inhabitants abstain from meat at this time. If you do not eat anything meat this day, then you will have a safe year, the legend so says.
In second day Chinese esteem the deceased ancestors. This day is also a peculiar holiday for dogs. It is considered that second according to a lunar calendar they were born on light. Therefore Chinese in every possible way arrange for the favourites “ stomach holiday “. Also in the second day Chinese worship god Tsayshenya - to god of wealth. Its images will be practically in each house. However, it is represented on them not one, and most often with the wife - the Mother of wealth.
The third and fourth day is intended for grooms and brides. At this time daughters-in-law and sons-in-law treat with respect to the spouse`s parents.
The fifth day carries the name “ According to Wu “. This day nobody visits, all stay at home and meet god Blagosloviya. It is considered that if to invite someone this day to itself to a holiday or to go to somebody on a visit, then next year will be unsuccessful both for the guest, and for the owner. But from the sixth to the tenth day Chinese start walking on a visit. In four days they manage to bypass all the friends and still to pray in temples that next year was given successful and without diseases.
The seventh day is an all-China Birthday. On a table serve noodles and fish that symbolizes longevity and success. Long threads of noodles were perceived by Chinese as long years of life. This day it is necessary to drink the special drinks capable to save from evil spirits and to prolong life. For example, peach broth or wine, infused on pepper, needles of a cypress or flowers of plum.
In ninth day Chinese all family gather again at a table as it was in the first day of celebration. And during a lunch all amicably pray to god Neba (Tyan Gongu).
Three more days, from the tenth on the twelfth , it is accepted to call to himself guests. At this time Chinese lay magnificent tables that the guest could gorge on much. And here the thirteenth day , after a long lunch, is considered to be unloading. This day Chinese eat rice and greens.
The fourteenth , and, perhaps, the most important day is a preparation for the Holiday of Lamps. This day Chinese make various small lamps in the majority painted in red color and decorate with them the house.
Chinese celebrate a holiday of spring 15 of number of the first month according to a lunar calendar. The culmination of all holiday overtakes in night of a full moon. Then the Holiday of lamps (Yuan Xiaojie is celebrated (or to Dengjie - day of lamps)). Up to now at Chinese the tradition when during this holiday in all corners of the country exhibitions of lamps are organized remained.
Throughout read about the legends which developed into traditions …]