Chinese New year is one of the most important traditional holidays in China and it is celebrated at the turn of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. The date for Chinese New Year changes each year. It always falls between January 21 and February 20, determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. Though in winter, Chinese call their New Year holidays ‘Spring Festival’ because ‘Start of Spring’ is the first of the terms in the traditional calendar. The Chinese animal zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years. In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal. Chinese Rooster New Year 2017 is on Saturday January 28.
According to a popular myth, Chinese New year based on a monk who fought against the monster (Nian) eat people and livestock. He successfully scared away the monster by pasting red papers on doors and burning bamboo to make a loud cracking sound. After that, every New Year’s Eve, people did as the monk instructed and the monster Nian never showed up again. This tradition has been continued until the present time and has become an important way to celebrate the New Year.
Real Chinese traditional New Year is celebrated for sixteen days. Before the Chinese New Year, Chinese clean the house; paint the wall, bought the new clothe and preparing the special food. On the eve of the New Year, the whole family must get together dinner and many different Chinese dishes are served during the dinner. On New Year Morning, young people pay their respect to the elders and in return they receive red envelope called Hongba is a red pocket containing money and it is a way to send good wishes and luck. During other the New Year days, Chinese offering sacrifices to ancestors and visit to the relatives, some people will host a religious ceremony to honor the gods, married daughters visit to their parents. People exchange gifts and light firecrackers on these day and hanging of the Fu symbol on the main door of the house which is supposed to bring good luck and wearing red color clothes. Dragon and Lion dances are also very popular during Chinese New Year. After the end of Lantern festival, it is also the end of the New Year celebrations.
Celebrating Chinese New Year with Chinese friends can be great, but, when the cultural gap is large, it can be really easy to give the wrong gift for Chinese New Year. Sharp objects, four of anything, shoes, handkerchief, umbrella, clock, pear, cut flowers, black and white things and mirror should avoid giving as a New Year gift and they believe that these gifts can bring bad luck for coming year.
As the purpose of celebrating the Chinese New year is have a good rest and relax with family together. So here are some Chinese restaurants in Yangon that can eat together with your family for Chinese New Year.
|Royal Oriental House
Inya Road, Karmut Township, Yangon.
Myanmar Plaza, Yangon.
Ground Floor, Novotel Yangon Max,Yangon.
|Xi Yang Yang , Xiao Long Bao
No.4, Naungtong Street, Sanchaung Township,Yangon.
|White Rice Restaurant
Kandawgyi Royal Lake Park, Natmauk Lane, Yangon.
(Good luck for this Rooster year).