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  Chinese New Year - MSN Encarta
The date of the new year is determined by the lunar calendar, so festivities begin with the new cycle of the moon that falls between January 21 and February 19.
Known as the Spring Festival in China, Tet in Vietnam, and Sol in Korea, the new year celebration is the most important and the longest of all festivals in these communities, traditionally lasting for two weeks.
Preparations traditionally begin in the home the week before the new year, when families thoroughly clean their houses to symbolically sweep away all traces of misfortune.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761595955/Chinese_New_Year.html   (495 words)

  
 Chinese New Year - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Chinese later learned that Nian was sensitive to loud noises and the color red, and so they scared it away with explosions, fireworks and the liberal use of the color red.
Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizeable Chinese population resides.
The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_New_Year   (3793 words)

  
 chinese new year
Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later.
The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.
The presence of the ancestors is acknowledged on New Year's Eve with a dinner arranged for them at the family banquet table.
www.educ.uvic.ca /faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/chinese_new_year.html   (290 words)

  
 Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, pronounced in Chinese as "xin nian", always falls on the date marking the beginning of Spring and thus it is also called the "Spring Festival".
The Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2600BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac.
The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: "This is the animal that hides in your heart".
www.mobilemarinesystems.com /html/chinesenewyear.html   (1291 words)

  
 Chinese New Year
The second system which determines the character of the new year is based on astrology, the Ching (a complicated system of fortune telling), and on the Chinese view of heaven and earth.
This period is known as "Little New Year," and it is said that the "God of the Kitchen," Tsao Wang departs from his domain then for a yearly journey to heaven to report on all Chinese families.
On New Year's Day ancestors are honored at family altars, and red scrolls inscribed with characters signifying happiness, property and long life are pasted on the walls.
www.regit.com /hongkong/festival/cnewyear.htm   (1250 words)

  
 Chinese New Year - 2006 is Year of Dog. 2005 is Year of 2004 is Year of Monkey. 2003 is Year of Goat
Each year is also designated by one of the 12 Animals For instance, 2003 is Year of Ram and 2004 is Year of Monkey.
Since this is the Year of Dog, any one who was born in the Year of Dog is now either 0 or 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84 or 96 years old.
In one sentence, the Chinese New Year is the second New Moon after the winter solstice.
www.chinapage.com /newyear.html   (1076 words)

  
 Chinese New Year celebrations in Indonesia
Chinese New Year's celebrations in Indonesia, known locally as Imlek, incorporate customs, beliefs and practices brought to Indonesia by Chinese immigrants who still follow the practices handed down from their parents.
Chinese around the world believe that the spirits of the loved ones are in attendance during the evening's celebrations.
Chinese believe that white is the color of death and misfortune, so tofu is never included in the New Year's Eve meal as it might cause bad fortune to fall upon family members.
www.expat.or.id /info/chinesenewyear.html   (4149 words)

  
 China: Dim Sum: New Year or Spring Festival   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Each Chinese year is represented by a repeated cycle of 12 animals, the rat, ox, tiger, hare or rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
An important part of the New Year celebration is to honor and respect relatives and ancestors who have died.
But the spirit underlying the diverse celebrations of the New Year is the same, a sincere wish of peace and happiness for family members and friends.
www.newton.mec.edu /Angier/DimSum/china__dim_sum__spring_fes.html   (1573 words)

  
 Chinese New Year History
The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on one's personality, saying: "This is the animal that hides in your heart." A complete zodiac cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five cycles of 12 years each.
The 15th and final day of the New Year is marked by the Festival of Lanterns, which is a celebration with singing and dancing, as well as lantern parades involving children.
This year's Chinese New Year falls on January 29th, 2006, and is the year of the Dog.
www.fireworks.com /holidays/Chinese-New-Year.asp   (820 words)

  
 Happy Chinese New Year
Doors are decorated with vertical scrolls of characters on red paper whose texts seek good luck and praise nature, this practice stemming from the hanging of peach-wood charms to keep away ghosts and evil spirits.
On New Year’s Eve houses are brightly lit and a large family dinner is served.
New Years day is often spent visiting neighbors, family and friends.
daemen.edu /~xtong/ChineseNewYear.htm   (553 words)

  
 Dining
The Chinese New Year is now popularly known as the Spring Festival because it starts from the Begining of Spring, the first of the 24 jieqi.
No one is supposed to pick up the broom on the New Year's Day for fear that he or she may sweep good luck and fortune out of his or her house.
But, the spirit underlying the diverse Chinese New Year cultures is the same: a sincere wish of peace and happiness for the family members and friends.
www.wku.edu /~yuanh/China/newyear.html   (1832 words)

  
 Chinese New Year
4705 (or 2007) is the year of the pig
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.
New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest.
www.infoplease.com /spot/chinesenewyear1.html   (495 words)

  
 Discarding the Old and Heralding in the New -- New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A time of gratitude and family togetherness, New Year's Eve is spent by bidding farewell to the old year and thanking one's ancestors and the gods for their blessing and protection.
Children who have left their hometowns return on this day to share New Year's Eve Dinner with their families, and for those unable to make the journey, a table setting is placed to symbolize their presence in spirit if not in body.
With the arrival of New Year's Day, life is renewed and the new year begins to unfold amidst the noise of firecrackers.
www.gio.gov.tw /info/festival_c/spring_e/spring.htm   (395 words)

  
 Chinese New Year 2007, Year of the Pig, Events, Recipes, Zodiac, E-Cards
The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
Chinese New Year - Great intro, with brief descriptions of traditional celebrations slated for all 15 days of the New Year or Spring Festival, plus more on traditional Chinese New Year foods, decorations, taboos and superstitions.
Lunar New Year in Taiwan - An engaging read, and beautifully illustrated with tales of the origins of the festival, holiday dishes, gift exchanges, the dragon and lion parade, rituals and superstitions.
www.chiff.com /home_life/holiday/chinese-new-year.htm   (485 words)

  
 SFGate: Holiday Chinese New Year
Since 1958, Chinese American women from across the country have competed for the title of Miss Chinatown USA and the opportunity to win scholarships and become goodwill ambassadors for the Chinese community.
The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia.
This year's theme is Year of the Dog and highlights include elaborately decorated floats, school marching bands, martial arts group, stilt walkers, lion dancers, Chinese acrobatics, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and the Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung").
www.sfgate.com /traveler/events/cny   (625 words)

  
 Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar.
Long ago there was a Chinese legend that said that a terrible monster or giant lived in the mountains and would come down at the end of the year and terrorize people and animals or even kill them all.
The Chinese New Year is sometimes just celebrated on the actual new year's day--or preparations for the holiday might be made for weeks before and the celebration might extend for many days after the actual new year's day.
www.uen.org /utahlink/activities/view_activity.cgi?activity_id=5279   (1527 words)

  
 Culture Village-Chinese New Year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Chinese calendar follows the lunar cycle, so Chinese New Year's day falls on a different date every year in the Western calendar.
According to the Chinese calendar, spring coincides with the new year.
The money is used to "pay off" monsters so their children can have a peaceful and happy new year to grow (of course, getting money makes the kids happy as well).
www.hometownchina.com /newyear.htm   (466 words)

  
 Crafts and Activities for Chinese New Year - EnchantedLearning.com
Chinese New Year is a very important holiday in China.
Chinese New Year starts on a New Moon and ends with the lantern festival on the full moon 15 days later.
In 2006, Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 29; the year 2006 is the Year of the Dog.
www.enchantedlearning.com /crafts/chinesenewyear   (969 words)

  
 Care2: Chinese New Year Fun Facts!
Lunar New Year is celebrated across all of Asia, although dates vary by country.
There are a number of different beliefs as to how Lunar New year started, but one of the more colorful Chinese legends involves a beast with an enormous mouth that could swallow people whole.
In particular, the Chinese believe New Year festivities, which last for 15 days, is a time for renewal, family reunion, eating rich foods and paying respects to ancestors and elders.
www.care2.com /gates/holidays/cnewyear/cnewyear.html   (661 words)

  
 Chinese New Year
Year of the Dragon: February 5th 2000 marks the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
Read all about what this year has to offer as well as names of famous people born in previous "dragon years" from a website which includes the history of the Chinese New Year.
Taboos and Superstitions of Chinese New Year: House cleaning, red clothing, the importance of paying back debts and the good luck associated with songbirds--all these and more are part of the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
www.internet-at-work.com /hos_mcgrane/holidays/hanae.html   (664 words)

  
 Chinese New Year
The second component of the Chinese calendar, and the one the west is most familiar with, is called the Terrestrial Branch, which uses the name of the corresponding animals of the Zodiac cycle.
In the Chinese Zodiac, I was born in the year of the Snake.
This year, 2004, is the year of the Monkey.
www.inmamaskitchen.com /SEASONS/Chinese_new_year.html   (1208 words)

  
 CHINESE NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE ROOSTER / In 4703, you've got a 1-in-12 chance to crow with pride
People born this lunar year, or who are turning 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 and other multiples of 12 are all roosters.
The Chinese zodiac animals are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar, the order in the cycle determined by how they placed in a legendary race.
This year, it falls on Feb. 9, 2005 -- Lunar Year 4703, the year of the rooster.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/02/09/BAGS3B7U7O1.DTL   (839 words)

  
 Chinese New Year
In China, the favorite decorations during Chinese New Year are the “Good Luck” character and the New Year Greeting Children (a boy and a girl holding "Lucky" signs).
During the New Year celebration, it was just as important was to show respect to one's living elders as it was to honor one’s ancestors.
In the countryside, people also decorate their windows for the New Year with Chuang Hua, or Window Flowers, which are usually in the form of papercut.
www.chinasprout.com /html/chinese_new_year.html   (728 words)

  
 DiscoverHongKong - Heritage - Chinese Festivals - Chinese New Year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Visitors will be awestruck by the myriad of New Year celebrations in Hong Kong that last 15 days.
You'll soon be wishing everyone the traditional Chinese New Year greeting, Kung Hei Fat Choi (Prosperous New Year) during the year's biggest and brightest Chinese festival.
Highlighting the New Year's festivities is the International Chinese New Year Parade held on the first day of every Chinese New Year.
www.discoverhongkong.com /eng/heritage/festivals/he_fest_new.jhtml   (240 words)

  
 Chinese New Year: 2006 - Allrecipes
The Chinese lunar calendar is represented by 12 animal species that rotate annually.
Make Chinese dishes (or, if you are feeling lazy, just order take-out), wear red clothing and, at the stroke of midnight, open your doors and windows to release the stresses of the old year.
Most of the dishes served during Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival) are symbolic of something positive and hopeful.
allrecipes.com /howto/chinese-new-year-2006/detail.aspx   (473 words)

  
 Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is a celebration of change...
The Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year because it is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements.
The events that occurred during New Year’s Day may impact your life for the rest of the year.
www.familyculture.com /holidays/chinese_new_year.htm   (677 words)

  
 Chinese New Year for kids and teachers - kiddyhouse.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Chinese calendar is based on the Lunar.
Chinese are very superstitious especially when it comes to Chinese New year.
In these activities, students learn about hinese New Year or Spring Festival and do lantern, paper cut and scroll activities related to the celebration of Chinese New Year.
www.kiddyhouse.com /CNY   (616 words)

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