Sunday, February 10, 2013

Start the original Lunar New Year Festival or Chinese New Year

Lunar: Meaning and Traditions

In the origin country namely China and also the majority of the population of Chinese country such as Taiwan, Hong Kong New Year Festival is also calledthe Spring Festival , " Chung Chie or The Spring Festival ". This festival officially latter Chinese New Year (Chinese New Year) . The name is used to replace references to the Lunar New Year since after the Xinhai Revolution in 1911. Originally this spring celebration is the legacy of the past that is ritualisticLa .

In general, La is the last day of the year at the time of harvest is finalized and as an expression of gratitude, the Chinese (Chinese) gives ritual offering to the gods and ancestors.

According to the modern Chinese language dictionary, La mean period twelve months according to the lunar calendar where the moment of ritual to honor the gods and ancestors performed.

At the time of the Han Dynasty in the sino-powered, Xu Shen wrote in his book that, on the day of La, 36 days after the festival Dongzhi (ie the shortest day of the year which usually coincides with the date of December 21 or 22), all the god given ritual offering.

Although this spring festival falls on the first day of the first month of a year, but generally the celebrations taking place throughout the month. Party or celebration begins with making and eating such a special porridge called "La Ba Zhou" on the eighth day of the twelfth month of the lunar year. Porridge is also called "Porridge eighth day of La".

South section of China, and were also taken to the foreign country in Southeast Asia, these foods are known as' gravy 'onde-' onde ". Network festivities end on the first day of the fifteenth month (Cap Go Me), where the Chinese people celebrating "Yuan Xiao or Festival of Lanterns". Later this diramaikan Festival of Lanterns with Dragon Dance (Liang Liong) and Acrobats Lion Dance.

The legend of the Spring Festival

According to legend, supposedly in the past there was a man named Wannian. One day he was sitting under the tree and saw that shade of a tree moving in an orderly manner in accordance with the movement of the sun. Based on observation, Wannian make some time measuring stick. Unfortunately, measuring the time of discovery is only work when the sun is not closed cloud during the day and at night can not be used at all. This drive Wannian to create a tool that does not depend on the sun. It last made such a clock with a jar placed exploit such a way that the water in the jar will be trickling slowly with an adjustable interval.

At a time when the same, King Zuyi is alarming disaster in his country. It convinced many suffering due to natural disasters can  
avoided or at least mitigated the effect if only he knew how to predict the weather. One of his ministers, A-heng who want to find the face in front of the king but the king suggested prayers in heaven (God), he said the Emperor Jade (boss the Chinese gods) ask bribery or if disaster will not be revealed. King Zuyi receive usulannya, but this just is not a natural disaster can be avoided.

When Wannian heard this, he immediately went to see King Zuyi. It describes the results observasinya of the time and nature of changes to the king. Zuyi very impressed that it immediately set up a complete weather station observers to gauge Wannian time that can create a calendar system in the interest of its people.

Some time later, King Zuyi A-heng asked to inspect the work Wannian. The minister went to the station and found the weather observer notes Wannian on the wall, that a cycle time consisting of 360 days, 12 months and 4 cycle of the seasons change. Presumably Wanian almost completing its work. Worriedthat Wannian performance will make her exit from the circle of influence Zuyi King, then A-heng send assassins to kill Wannian. But assassins are caught before harm Wannian. When King Zuyi A-heng knowing involvement in the assassination plan, A-heng eventually sentenced to beheading. After the visit of King Zuyi own weather station Wannian on.

Wannian explained that it had successfully created a calendar. Coincidentally that time according to the calendar system Wannian discovery, an annual cycle will end soon, so he asked the King Zuyi permulaanatau choose a date as the first day of the new year. King Zuyi think it should be the first day of spring right to be the first day of the beginning of the new year. Spring is the season where the old is replaced by a new, winter has passed, the flowers start blooming, buds of plants from lungs.

That early start to the spring festival or the spring festival. Celebration is then celebrated asChinese New Year or in Indonesia known as the Lunar New Year .

In recognition of the Wannian who created the calendar system utilizing solar system (solar circulation), King Zuyi give the name of the calendar with the name "Calendar Wannian" and give title to Wannian as "Long live God" and give red envelopes (angpao) containing money as a gift to the new year.

When this is done with great feast of celebration and activities. In Taiwan celebrated as the Festival of Lanterns. In Southeast Asia known as the Chinese Valentine's Day, a time when women-married together and throw oranges into the sea. And speaking generally now safe at Chinese New Year celebrations by saying Gongxi Facai (Mandarin) or Kung Hei Fat Choi (Cantonese).

Cap Go Meh symbolizes the fifteenth and last day of the Chinese New Year celebration for the Chinese migrant community of people who live outside the State of his ancestors, and sat was a full moon (full moon) in the first in the New Year.

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