Celebrating the Chinese New Year in 2019, The Year of the Pig
The Chinese New Year for 2019 falls on February 5th, a Tuesday, lasting 15 days till February 19th. This is the Year of the Pig, according to Chinese zodiac. If you’re visiting China during the new year, be sure to celebrate! Here are some things you can do:
At midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve, there are several spectacular pyrotechnic displays taking place all over the country. They were first introduced to frighten monsters away, according to Chinese legend.
This famous temple, built in 242 AD, is the largest, most complete ancient temple complex in Shanghai. Take in the traditional bell-striking ceremony that kicks off Chinese New Year, also referred to as Spring Festival.
Yu Yuan Garden
First created in 1559 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden is a large Chinese garden located next to the City God Temple in the Old City of Shanghai at Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi.
City God Temple
Marked by colorful decorations, this temple is surely a sight. Visit to light some incense and pray that the upcoming year will be successful and profitable and for you and your family. This temple sits right next to Yu Yuan Garden, and was constructed in 1403.
In the spirit of the season, try some Chinese dumplings, also known as Jiaozi, which resemble the appearance of ancient silver ingots derived from the Ming dynasty. Legend says that wealth and prosperity will bless you if you eat dumplings during Chinese New Year.
Cleaning and Shopping
It’s customary to clean your house and go shopping during Chinese New Year. Natives fully clean their homes right before the celebrations, then go shopping to buy new clothing, gifts and household supplies. Ladies purchase new red underwear, representing fire to repel bad luck.
A vibrant sight to see, the Chinese Lantern Festival means the end of Chinese New Year. This parade was first created in 206 BC during the Han Dynasty. There was real fire and paper lanterns. Today there are electric and neon lanterns in the shape of animals or dragons instead of paper or wooden ones, which are a fire hazard.
The year of the pig brings everyone out to have a pint or two during Chinese New Year. Get together with new friends and old to celebrate the new year.
Go to Flower City
In Guangzhou, also aptly named the Flower City, you can experience the beautiful Chinese New Year Flower Fair where all streets and lanes are overflowing with flowers and bonsais on the Festival’s Eve.
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