As the most important traditional festival of China, Spring Festival has got a high degree attention among Chinese people. Also being called the Lunar New Year, Chinese Spring Festival has undergone more than 4,000 years history. Celebrating family reunion, it is full of rich and colorful preparations including colorful activities, hope and some different celebrations. Today, I would like to show you this dazzling festival.
Legends of Spring Festival
In China, all the people would call the Spring Festival as 'Guonian' which has the meaning of passing a year. In Chinese traditional culture, there is an old saying that 'nian' was a kind of horrible monster. It will eat one kind of animal including human being a day. So the human beings felt very scared that they would stay at home when the 'nian' came out. After a long time, people found that this kind of horrible animal is afraid with the red color and fireworks. So, after that, every year, when the festival came, they would buy some red color and fireworks to drive away 'nian'. Now, you would still see the red color and fireworks using.
Happy Children in Spring Festival
In China, when Spring Festival is coming, all the schools would have a long time holiday. The children play with their friends and enjoy their lovely childhood during the festival. When this special day comes, they will dress the most beautiful clothes sent by their parents and enjoy the most delicious food. Apart from this, the elders will put money in the red envelope as a gift for kids. In China, this money was called 'yasuiqian', which has the meaning of keeping their kids young and lovely forever.
Special Taboos during Spring Festival
For Chinese people, Spring Festival is a new start for a new year, so it is regarded as an omen of a year. In order to greet such a grand festival, there are some taboos during this period. Many bad words are forbidden such as the 'death', 'broken', 'killing' and many other sentences. Different areas have different behaviors and cultures. In some places, taking medicine and losing money will be a bad phenomenon. They would predict that they would eat medicine and losing money all year.
Chinese Spring Festival is full of exciting and happy, as well as warm. Welcome your participant.
Nowadays, Christmas is can be said all about the birth of Jesus Christ and Santa Claus. Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon celebrated by Christian or even non Christian.
Overview about Christmas
Christmas Decoration at Home
Christmas widely celebrated on December 25 every year. Actually, it is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian.
Celebration of Christmas
Christmas Atmosphere In Front of Everyone Home
Popular activities to do when the day has come including exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.
Speak about Santa Claus, every word about Christmas identically with this man figure. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. Till today, people especially kids still believed about the Santa Claus, a legendary figure who said bring gift to the homes of the good children on December 24, the night before Christmas.
Before Christmas, people also get into the spirit of the season with holiday decorating and entertaining. People usually decorate their home and make a nice Christmas tree together for the Christmas season. Anyone can throw some lights on a tree and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree can light up the holiday spirit of everyone who sees it.
Meaning of Celebrate Christmas
The end of the year is a wonderful opportunity to engage in earnest reflection. Take time to forgive anyone who is wronged you during the year and for whom you still harbor resentment or bitterness. Begin the New Year with a refreshed heart! Apart from that, it is also the time to gather up with family and friends, spend time together just talking stay at home or go outside enjoy the festival atmosphere in surroundings.
Merry Christmas, everyone! We hope you’re having a wonderful time with family and friends this holiday season. Christmas is the most popular holiday in Western countries throughout the world. Although it's not an official holiday in China, but the vacation or festival is celebrated here by many people with almost the same amount of enthusiasm found abroad. So how do people in China celebrate Christmas? What interesting activities to do in Beijing? Here, I would give you some suggestions.
Go To Church
Wangfujing Catholic Church
Spend Christmas identically with going to church and worshipping. 2 major Catholic church in Beijing that should be recommended including Wangfujing Catholic Church (Eastern Church) and Xuanwumen Catholic Church (Southern Church). Wangfujing Catholic Church or also called Saint Joseph’s Church located east of central Wangfujing Street and Xuanwumen Catholic Church located close with Xidan Shopping Area. But during big Catholic festivals, pay more attention about the crowd. Especially when it comes to the Christmas Eve when people are seeking for fun and get the atmosphere of the big day.
Solana Lifestyle Shopping Mall
The Christmas holiday has boosted business at the shopping mall. The holiday season could be the busiest time of the year for business as more and more shoppers visit the mall during the month of December. People mostly will gather up to some entertainment or shopping areas spread in Beijing. Some places that could be the favorite including Wangfujing Street, Sanlitun, Solana Mall, Xidan, etc. People will use this time since at this time some brands will give their discount. And at the same time, almost all the shopping malls in Beijing redecorate its look change into the Christmas design. Pick you place to shopping as well as spend time enjoying the environment of Christmas in Beijing.
Dining with Family or Friends
Spending the holidays away from home can be depressing and boring for foreign tourists. And because of that, it is time to go out and find more about what Beijing has offer. Spend your Christmas in Beijing should be very fun and interesting since Beijing is a home with lots of luxurious restaurants for dining, offer its special Christmas menu. Browsing which restaurant that you prefer to go online, get a reservation on the Christmas Eve then celebrate a merry little Christmas with your family or friends. It is sure to be a happy holiday for all.