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Chinese New Year Celebration 2011 - An Awesome Preparation

Chinese New Year celebration is a huge event in China, which lasts for fifteen days unlike the other one-day New Year celebrations in different parts of the world. It usually takes place on January or February by making the combination of solar and lunar movements. In 2011, the New Year will be celebrated on Feb 3, while it was celebrated on Feb 14 on 2010. The date of the event varies every year, and it is celebrated on the second new moon when the winter solstice is over, while combining both solar and lunar calendar.

New Year is the biggest celebration in China, and people plan grand preparations. Every family indulges into planning decoration, shopping, food and a lot more. If you visit China during its New Year celebrations, you will hear people screaming out of joy and that experience is not to be missed. It is not an event that gets over in a day or two. It stays more than two weeks and therefore, the preparations are grand and mammoth.

This is the period, when families indulge into cleaning their home while those who believe in feng shui, arrange for decorations of their home accordingly. The families follow a tradition of staying up late during this time. It is believed that gods in heaven will provide each family with gold if they stay awake longer and remain active. They should be ready to accept gold as the gift of god.

Decorating the house is one of the vital preparations of Chinese New Year. People believe that decorating their homes auspiciously will bring them luck and fortune in the whole year. While decorating their homes, they make use of several cut outs that include red packets and papers. They also arrange for Spring Festival couplets, red lanterns, prosperous orange tree, and a lot more.

However, this orange tree, which is also known as 'kum quat,' is one of the most popular items for decorating home during this celebration. These trees are positioned on the frontal portion of the house. and it is believed that growing this tree means bearing gold.

Decorating homes does not end here as people buy colorful flowers and vases in huge quantity. They place these vases with flowers to symbolize that they are bringing back the nature into their house. As a symbol of prosperity and happiness, they place tangerines and oranges in the house. Along with that, they also place a candle tray where eight beautiful and different types of candles are placed. There is certain uniqueness about these candles. These are not regular candles rather they are made out of longan, coconut, peanuts, red melon seeds, lotus seeds, candid melon, and much more.

Decorating the house beautifully is not the only preference in China during its New Year celebrations. Food is as important as decorations as people invite friends and relatives to their homes and also visit to the houses of other people. Baking cakes and other feasts are common as some people bake for presenting them as a gift to friend and family, while some bake for the sake of selling them during the event. People love to shop for crackers, nuts and candies during this time. Apart from that, cookies are also very popular to serve the appetite during the event.

People also make sure that their kitchen has enough stock of items so that they can enjoy diverse food during the celebrations. Every household stocks for beverages and mandarin oranges so that they can treat their guests anytime.

When it is the New Year party in China, there has to be some traditional foods. The hottest traditional foods include noodles, chicken, fish, Jai, and desserts. There is a symbolic meaning to the different dinner items during this time. The Chinese dumplings mean wealth as they are prepared in the shape of antique silver or gold ingots of China. Daikon, a white radish and Jiu, a type of hard liquor implies longevity; while rice means harmony and red chilies imply good luck.

People take part in the Dragon Parade, which is one of the important events of Chinese New Year. People wear dragon masks and dances to the tunes during this parade. Overall, Chinese New Year is an eventful and joyous celebration.

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