重庆快乐十分

春节习俗 Customs of the Spring Festival

春节习俗Custom s of the Spring Festival

The Spring Festival is a traditional Chinese festival and also the m ost important one of the whole year. Through the evolvem ent of thousands of years, a series of custom s are spreading far and wide.

扫尘Sweeping the Dust

“Dust” is hom ophonic with “chen”(尘)in Chinese, which m eans old and past. In this way, “sweeping the dust” before the Spring Festival m eans a thorough cleaning of houses to sweep away bad luck in the past year. This custom shows a good wish of putting away old things to welcom e a new life. In a word, just before the Spring Festival com es, every household will give a thorough cleaning to bid farewell to the old year and usher in the new.

重庆快乐十分贴春联Pasting Spring Couplets

“The Spring Couplet”, also called “couplet” and “a pair of antithetical phrases”, is a special form of literature in China. The Spring Couplet is com posed of two antithetical sentences on both sides of the door and a horizontal scroll bearing an inscription, usually an auspicious phrase, above the gate. The sentence pasting on the right side of the door is called the first line of the couplet and the one on the left the second line. On the eve of the Spring Festival, every household will paste on doors a spring couplet written on red paper to give a happy and prosperous atm osphere of the Festival. In the past, the Chinese usually wrote their own spring couplet with a brush or asked others to do for them, while nowadays, it is common for people to buy the printed spring couplet in the m arket.

重庆快乐十分贴窗花和“福”字Pasting Paper-cuts and “Up-sided Fu”

Paper-cuts, usually with auspicious patterns, give a happy and prosperous

atm osphere of the Festival and express the good wishes of Chinese people looking forward to a good life. In addition to pasting paper-cuts on windows, it is comm on for Chinese to paste the character “fu(福)”, big and sm all, on walls, doors and doorposts around the houses. “Fu(福)” shows people’s yearning toward a good life. Som e people even invert the character “fu(福)” to signify that blessing has arrived because “inverted” is a hom onym for “arrive” in Chi nese. Now m any kinds of paper-cuts and “fu(福)” can be seen in the m arket before the Festival.

守岁Staying Up Late on New Year's Eve

The tradition of staying up late to see New Year in originated from an interesting folk tale. In ancient China there lived a m onster named Year, who was very ferocious. Year always went out from its burrow on New Year’s Eve to devour people. Therefore, on every New Year’s Eve, every household would have supper together. After dinner, no one dared go to sleep and all the fam ily m embers would sit together, chatting and em boldening each other. Gradually the habit of staying up late on New Year’s Eve is form ed. Thus in China, “celebrating the Spring Festival” is also called “passing over

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