Spring Festival Folklore – Wish Happy Chinese New Year on The First Day of The Year
In China, the most grand festival is the Spring Festival. The colorful “years of folklore” is an indelible memory in every Chinese mind. The Spring Festival is commonly known as the “New Year”, formerly known as “Yuan Dan”, the meaning of “Yuan” is “head”, and later referred to as “beginning” because this day is the first day of the year.
On the morning of the Chinese New Year’s Day, the door was opened. Traditionally, firecrackers were first placed, called “opening the cannon.” After the sound of firecrackers, the red is full of land, and if it is brocade, it is called “full house red.” At this time, the streets are full of enthusiasm and joy.
It is said that the sooner the “opening the cannon” is put, the better, symbolizing that what will be done in the same year will be smooth, wishful, and rich, and the peasants will have a good harvest.
At present, it is still popular in some rural areas of China. However, due to the consideration of environmental protection and other factors in many places, especially some large cities, fireworks and firecrackers are prohibited in certain areas. People are becoming more and more environmentally friendly during the Chinese New Year, and the old customs themselves are constantly changing.
Wish Happy Chinese New Year
New Year’s greetings are a traditional custom of our people. It is a way for people to resign and welcome new ideas and express their best wishes. Usually, on the first day of the year, the parents lead the juniors to go out to see relatives, friends, and elders, and wish the other party a happy new year in auspicious language. The younger must bow to the elder for the ceremony and that is called ‘wish you happy in the New Year.’
New Year’s greetings generally start in the family. On the morning of the first day, after the younger generation gets up, they must first celebrate the New Year and bless the elders for their longevity and good luck. After the elders are worshipped, they must distribute the “lucky money” prepared in advance to the younger generation.
After wishing the happy new year for the elders in the family, when people meet out, they must also smile and congratulate each others for the New Year. They will celebrate each other with auspicious words such as “Congratulations for Fortune”, Lucky in The Four Seasons” and “Happy New Year”, and neighbors or relatives will also visit each other. Or invite to drink and entertain.
As the times change, the customs of the New Year are becoming more and more simple. The greeting words have also become a “new year!” “Good New Year!” Although the language and form have changed, the blessing has not changed.
Legend has it that the New Year’s Day is the birthday of the broom. This day, you can’t move the broom. Otherwise, you will sweep away your luck and break the money, and bring the “sweeping star” to attract bad luck.
After sweeping away the house on New Year’s Eve, the broom will not be moved on the first day of the year, and the garbage will not be dumped. If it is necessary to sweep the floor, it must be swept from the outside. Prepare a large bucket to keep the waste water, but it will be splashed on the same day. This custom has remained to this place.
In the New Year, it is not necessary to break up porcelains such as cups and bowls. If it is broken, it is a sign of bankruptcy. You must quickly say “years old (broken) years old and peaceful” or “landing flowers, rich and glory”.