Chinese New Years Festival in New York: Happy New Year

1:59 pm  |  04.02.2022

The Chinese New Year’s festival depends on the lunar calendar and is celebrated after ancient tradition at the end of January or early / in mid-February. It is always on the day of the 1st full moon after the 19th of January.

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Of course, in New York City’s Chinatown is strongly celebrated, where almost two square miles between Lafayette, Worth, Grand Street, and East Broadway live almost 150,000 people. For 15 days there is a colorful bustle in Chinatown with a variety of events, musical performances, fireworks, and banquets. At that time it is oiled, “flourished” and the color red dominated to protect themselves in front of man-eating monsters – because that may not be noise and red at all.

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The most famous is probably the colorful dragon parade with elevators, music groups, lion and dragon dancers, musicians, wizards, and acrobats. Nearly 5,000 participants will be when the parade will wind Chinatown from 13:00 (Mott, Canal, East Broadway, Chatham Square, East Broadway, Forsyth, Elridge, Grand, Chystie, DELANCEY, CANAL). At Bayard Street, the festival of cultures starts shortly thereafter.

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The festival ends on the 15th day with a lantern movement.

History of the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year festival is at least back to the 14th century before Christ.

Traditionally it is the most important thing of the whole year. Home and family are the focus; In earlier centuries, business life came close to the premium at this time.

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With the festival, numerous ritual actions were accompanied. Thoroughly, in advance, the house was thoroughly cleaned to free it from the negative “spirits” of the previous year and the gods that come to the earth at that time “inspection” to the earth for the new year. They were ritual offerings, such as food or paper icons, on the house entrances were attached to luck messages, fireworks should intimidate evil spirits. All these rituals should bring luck to the household and long life for the family.

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The time around the New Year’s festival is the time of giving: red envelopes (Lai See) contain “happy money”. These are distributed by married couples to children and single-family members. There should always be a just sum in the amount of money; Especially the numbers 8 and 88 are particularly popular, for “eight” similarly sounds like the Chinese word that means prosperity.

A special status also comes to the commemoration of the deceased ancestors: On the domestic family altar food and incense sticks are presented as “offerings” and in requests, the deceased are honored. But even the living older is married in visits respect.

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The food is also of elemental importance in this time, as Lent begins. Thus, a feast is served on “New Year’s Eve”, which typically includes all sorts of fish and seafood. Many of the foods have symbolic meanings. Thus, oranges, melons, and kumquats are very popular, as their golden color symbolizes prosperity, and also hard-boiled eggs, glass noodles, fish, and chicken are associated with wealth. Long noodles stand for long life and are eaten throughout and also the color red is in strong connection with the new year, which is why many foods are colored red.

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