Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Writing about web page http://www.ehow.com/how_2019936_observe-chinese-traditions.html

The fireworks started at 12:45ish last night….

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

The cantonese word for luck sounds like the word for tangerine –
this is why it’s common to decorate your house with or hand out
tangerines…

I would really like to take part in (or watch) some celebrations
today – but we have a lunch date which means we don’t have time to
travel any distance during the rest of the day.

Background Reading

The Chinese calendar is a combination solar/lunar calendar, based on
a number of rather complex astronomical calculations, including the
longitude of the sun.

Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter
solstice (all months begin with a new moon). In 2007 (year 4705 on the
Chinese calendar) Chinese New Years falls on February 18th.

How did Chinese New Year come to be celebrated? According to an
ancient legend, people were once tormented by a beast called a Nian – a
ferocious creature with an extremely large mouth, capable of swallowing
several people in a single bite. Relief from the Nian came only when an
old man tricked the beast into disappearing. In reality, New Years
festivities probably evolved from a desire to celebrate the end of
winter and the fertility and rebirth that come with the spring, much
like the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. Today, New Years is
about family reunions and wishing everyone good fortune in the coming
year.

The Spring Festival is China’s major traditional holiday, and is
also celebrated in other parts of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam
(where New Year’s Day is called “Tet”), Malaysia, Taiwan, and of
course, Hong Kong.

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