The Chinese New Year
The Chinese consider the first day of their new year to be very important day. Chinese, irrespective of whether they are rich or poor, celebrate this occasion fittingly, needless to say to envy of other. They are the national who doesn’t forget their culture, traditional and customs as easily as other do. They regard this as something noble or secret. Most of them celebrate the occasion with great pomp and show.
Usually, preparation for the celebration of the New Year are made month ahead. Cakes of various kinds are made; the houses are cleaned, painted or white washed and hung on the walls. The Chinese regard the red colors as auspicious and much importance in attached to the fact.
On the Eve of the New Year’s Day the women-folk perform a small ceremony just in front of the man door by offering foods and delicacies to their ancestors, gods and goddesses. They also burn joss-sticks and joss-papers.
On New Year day, the members of the families get up early and pray to gods for the properties and happiness of the families. Amid all these various celebration the elder members of family present the younger ones “Ang Pow” or red packets containing money.
The Chinese in the course of the New Year celebration have reunion dinner in which all the members of the family even married sons and daughter take part. In the feast such delicacies as salted ducks and things imported from china are prominent.
On the morning of the New Year’s Day crackers are fire in every household. The Chinese believed that the firing of crackers scare away unclean spirits. There not a single household, however poor it maybe, that does not fire crackers on the New Year Day. In big towns and cities the firing of crackers are so deafening that some people remain indoor. ( Now, law in Singapore forbids firing of crackers) Everyone on this day new cloths and says on inauspicious words. Greeting such as Kong Hee Fatt Choy “(Wish you the best of good luck) and “See Koi Sing Long (Wealth throughout the year) are exchanged between friends or relatives.
In Singapore and Malaysia the day is observes as a public holiday.