This Sunday 10th February 2013 is the start of the Chinese New Year, The Year of The Snake. So if your looking to celebrate this traditional yearly event or just fancy a quality Chinese meal, Sunrise Chinese Restaurant on Heatherside SurreyHeath is the place to eat or purchase your takeaway for the ultimate Chinese experience.
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Some Chinese New Year Facts :
Gong Xi Fa Ca! That’s the traditional Chinese New Year greeting that means “wishing you prosperity” in Mandarin. The first day of the Chinese New Year – February 10th 2013 – is the most important of Chinese holidays, celebrated by over 1.3 billion people in China and by millions of ethnic Chinese around the world. It’s a celebration that lasts for 15 days, culminating with the lantern festival. Each year is associated with one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. February 2013, It’s the Year of the Snake.
The Mythology Behind Chinese New Year Celebrations :
There are several variations on the Mythology behind the Chinese new year celebrations. Most are based on a ugly bloodthirsty monster named Nian that would emerge on the last night of each year to destroy villages and eat people. A wise elder advised villagers to scare the monster away with loud noises, and that night they set fire to bamboo, lit fireworks, and banged their drums. The Monster, afraid of the loud noises and lights, ran away to hide in its cave.
In another version of the myth, an old man persuaded Nian to turn its wrath on other monsters, not the villagers before the old man actually a god, was seen riding away in Nian after he advised the people to hang red paper decorations in their homes and set off firecrackers on the last night of the of the chinese new year to keep Nian away.
On the first day of the chinese new year, the villagers celebrated greeting each other with the word “Guo Nian” which means “Survive the Nian”, a tradition that has continued to this day to mean “Celebrate the New Year”.