Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year with traditions, expectations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  2015-02-18 21:27:36

 

Chinese celebrate

Lunar New Year

with traditions, expectations

 

 

By Gui Tao, Lü Dong, Bai Jingli, Zhao Zhuoyue, Li Hualing,

Dong Xiaohong, Zhou Mian, Liu Baosen and Wang Di

 

 

In China, the sky is filled with pyrotechnics and the ports and airports are full of happy family reunions: Wednesday of February 18 marked the thousand-year-long tradition of ushering in the lunar New Year.

Yesterday, as is the tradition, President Xi Jinping not only expressed his pride of his nation and people, but also also underscored the importance of family bonds and education.

For China, Spring Festival remains an important time to bring the family back together: It is the Chinese version of Thanksgiving.

This year’s travel frenzy began early, and more than 2.8 billion trips are expected nationwide, 3.4 percent higher than last year.

In Qufu City in east China’s Shandong Province, where the Chinese sage Confucius was born, his decedents are celebrating the New Year by offering sacrifices to their ancestors in a grand ceremony.

We will welcome the New Year in the same way as our ancestor Confucius did,” said Kong Xiangsheng, a 75th generation descendant of Confucius.

In a country where tradition meets modernity head-on, there are a growing number of ways to spend New Year Eve. But a delicious dinner, firecrackers and the China Central Television (CCT) gala are probably the most popular.

This year’s Spring Festival gala, which expects to attract hundreds of million viewers, is centered on the theme of family reunion and the Chinese dream of revitalization. It will also touch on the ongoing anti-corruption drive, reflecting profound changes in the world’s second largest economy’s political, economic and social landscape.

In the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in southwestern Sichuan Province, villagers that survived a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in November are seeing in the New Year in tents.

In Tagong Township of the Kangding County, one of the worst-hit areas after the earthquake, Xi Qingrao, 59, was treating friends and relatives to traditional refreshments as his two daughters frolicked around, seemingly without a care in the world.

The farmer said he hoped this year would see his home rebuilt.

This year will see the 965 houses damaged in Xi’s neighborhood repaired or rebuilt.

“The New Year is coming and my dreams will come true,” Xi said.

In the southwestern Chinese autonomous region of Tibet, the Tibetan New Year of the Wooden Ram will start on Thursday, coinciding with Spring Festival.

In downtown Lhasa, the square in front of the magnificent Potala Palace, has been decorated with colorful flags and ribbons. Avenues in the Tibetan capital are flanked by red lanterns and Chinese-Tibetan bilingual new year posters are as far as the eye can see.

In Taiwan, people ushered in the New Year with couplets, just as their compatriots do across the strait.

“The couplets originated in the Chinese mainland and it flourished here.” said Zhong Kechen, who writes couplets for friends each year.

In Macau, the old town was flocked by shoppers.

Chen Lizhen, who is an Indonesian of Chinese descent, is looking for a multi-layered cake, a New Year treat.

“It’s a traditional treat for New Year among Indonesian Chinese and I was pleasantly surprised to find it here in Macau.” said Chen.

In Hong Kong, companies treated their staff to a hearty meal to thank them for their contributions in the past year.

“Each employee helped establish this company and we will love and care for them as if they were family,” a manager at a local firm told Xinhua.

But there are people who are still working at the eve to keep the nation of 1.3 billion population operating on the right track.

At a toll gate on the G5513 expressway in Changsha City, in central China’s Hunan Province, Liu Meiqiang, along with her 18 colleagues, will be working all of New Year’s Eve.

“Happy New Year!” Liu says to every driver. Over 30,000 vehicles will pass through the toll station today, most of them packed with gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTO REPORT | 2015-02-18

 

PHNOM PENH  People perform a lion dance in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh,

Cambodia, on February 18, 2015. Lion and dragon dances were presented in Cambodia

 on Wednesday to greet Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, which falls on February 19,

2015.   Photo by Sovannara

 

PHNOM PENH  |  People perform a lion dance at the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,

on February 18, 2015.   Photo by Phearum

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  Monks of Lingguang Temple hold a traditional blessing ceremony in the Badachu Park

in Beijing on February 18, 2015. The ceremony was the prelude to the new year temple fair which

will be officially open to public on February 19.   Photo by Li Jundong

 

BEIJING  |  People take part in a traditional blessing ceremony in the Badachu Park in Beijing

on February 18, 2015.   Photo by Li Jundong

 

BEIJING  |  People take part in a traditional blessing ceremony in the Badachu Park in Beijing

on February 18, 2015.   Photo by Li Jundong

 

BEIJING  |  Visitors get free food during a traditional blessing ceremony in the Badachu Park

in Beijing on February 18, 2015.   Photo by Li Jundong

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  Visitors watch a lion dance during the opening of the annual temple fair at Ditan Park,

also known as the Temple of Earth, on February 18, 2015. The eight-day temple fair kicked off here

on Wednesday of February 18, on the eve of the Lunar New Year.   Photo by Pang Zhengzheng

 

BEIJING  |  Girls wearing their 2015 glasses visit the annual temple fair at Ditan Park, also known

as the Temple of Earth, on February 18, 2015.    Photo by Chen Xiaogen

 

BEIJING  |  Visitors take a selfie at the annual temple fair at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple

of Earth, on February 18, 2015.   Photo – Xinhua

 

BEIJING  |  Actors perform a royal rite worshiping the god of earth by Qing Dynasty emperors

at the opening of the annual temple fair at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth,

on February 18, 2015.   Photo by Liu Xian’guo

 

 

 

 

 


SHENZHEN  |  People visit a flower market in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province,

on February 18, 2015,  the eve of the Spring Festival. People in Guangzhou have the tradition

to take festive flowers home before the start of the lunar new year, which is believed to bring

good luck.   Photo by Mao Siqian 

 

SHENZHEN  |  Customers take pictures at a flower market in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong

Province, on February 18, 2015,  the eve of the Spring Festival.   Photo by Mao Siqian

 

SHENZHEN  |  People select iris at a flower market in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province,

on February 18, 2015,  the eve of the Spring Festival.   Photo by Mao Siqian

 

SHENZHEN  |  People cram a flower market in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province,

on February 18, 2015,  the eve of the Spring Festival.   Photo by Mao Siqian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUANGZHOU  |  Five-month-old giant panda triplets play with toy sheep offered by their breeders

at Chime Long Safari Park in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong Province, on February 18,

2015, on the eve of Chinese lunar new year of sheep.   Photo by Liu Dawei

 

GUANGZHOU  |  Five-month-old giant panda triplets play with toy sheep offered by their breeders

at Chime Long Safari Park in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong Province, on February 18,

2015, the eve of Chinese lunar new year of sheep.   Photo by Liu Dawei

 

GUANGZHOU  |  Five-month-old giant panda triplets play as their breeders hang Spring Festival

scrolls on the enclosure’s wall at Chime Long Safari Park in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong

Province, on February 18, 2015,  the eve of Chinese lunar new year.   Photo by Liu Dawei

 

GUANGZHOU  |  A five-month-old giant panda triplet plays with a toy sheep offered by its

breeders at Chime Long Safari Park in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong Province,

on February 18, 2015, the eve of Chinese lunar new year of sheep.   Photo by Liu Dawei

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTO REPORT | 2015-02-21

 

 

 

LUOYANG  |  Tourists carry their child on the neck as they visit a temple fair in Luoyang, central

China’s Henan Province, on February 21, 2015.   Photos by Wang Song

 

LUOYANG   |  Tourists carry their children on the necks as they watch a performance at a temple

fair in Luoyang, central China’s Henan Province, on February 21, 2015.   Photo by Wang Song

 

LUOYANG   |  Combination photo taken on February 21, 2015 shows tourists carrying their children

on the neck at a temple fair in Luoyang, central China’s Henan Province.   Photos by Wang Song

 

 

 

 

 

 

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