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I know normally we are focussed on Japan, but we can't miss talking about an important event to Chinese people. In today's blog we'll talk about the Chinese New Year ! The Chinese New Year is different from the western calendar ! The date of the Chinese new year may occur anywhere form January 21st to February 21st, as it falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. New year is important, but the happiest day is the new year 's eve ! Chinese make long preparations for the new year: shopping, cleaning house etc.
There's a lot of traditional things we must remember :
- Must have a total bath before the new year
Because the new year is new start everything must be new, fresh body, new clothes, new age! And as tradition goes, bathing in any form on the day of Chinese New Year is considered bad luck because one would be washing away the good luck that has been bestowed and whisked upon them for the new year.
- Can't cut your hair during the new year until next month (if you have maternal uncle )
Haircuts are received before the new year begins since it is thought cutting hair during the first lunar month of the year places a curse on maternal uncles. Therefore, people get a haircut before the New Year's Eve.
- All doors and windows must be open and all light must be turn on New Year's Eve
Open the doors and windows is to allow the old year to escape. Turn on the lights just for allow the good luck of the new year to enter.
- Setting off firecrackers on New Year's Eve
Do that is scares away evil spirits while sending out the old year and welcoming the new one.
- Knives and scissors forbidden
Knives and scissors may not be used because they may cut off fortune.
- Wear red (avoid clothes in black and white )
Celebrants wear red to scare away evil spirits and bad fortune and ensure a bright future.
There you go! I hope you had a happy Chinese New Year and that you can celebrate it properly from now on. Check out our video for full details on how to cook real Chinese dumplings; gyoza (in Japanese)! There is even a vegetarian option, since Matt is vegetarian too!
Have you ever had gyoza before? Do you prefer them fried or boiled? Please let us know too if you try to cook them and how they turn out!