Chinese New Year

Specific purpose

To inform my audience of the significance of the Chinese New year, and the role it plays.

Transition

The New Year Spring is celebrated with a festive spirit since it is the most important event in the country. Chinese New Year is an awesome time to show respect and connect with Chinese clients on a cultural level.

Chinese New Year is a spectacular and a very important economic and social holiday that is observed on the first day of the Lunar New Year. Seemingly, it is an uphill task to trace the history of the event. Aside the celebrations and food served at the festival, the hong bao makes it memorable. Ideally, this event is popularly known as the Spring Festival mainly because it commences at the Beginning of Spring (Tso, 2007, p. 4). Notably, The New Year Spring is celebrated with a festive spirit since it is the most important event in the country. Its preparations begin early enough probably a month earlier as a lot of activities take place before that day. Supermarkets and shops stock a wide variety of Chinese delicacies such as; melon seeds, sweetmeats, and packets of specialties (Krugman, 2010, p. 12).

The womenfolk in Chinese homes get busy making glutinous rice cakes, biscuits, cakes, and jellies which are kept in cool places away from kids. During preparation, new curtains are sewn, homes spruced up, and new carpets and cushions bought to bring a different theme and a new look. In the backyard, new lanterns are hung, and Mandarin orange plants and new pots of flowers are placed in the garden. This is a major event for the kids. They seem to enjoy the most as they are given lots of gifts including red packets of money from their elders and parents. Old things are cast aside and new dresses are worn because the New Year is intended to bring a new sensation in people’s lives, thus the reason all every individual follows the traditional customs. The entire family gathers for a re-union dinner in their parent’s home on New Year’s Eve (Zhang, 2010, p. 21). Everyone enjoys many delicious dishes that make up the meal. Seemingly, this preparation is just the iceberg of the Chinese New Year celebrations which last for fifteen days.

This occasion could be the occasion for visiting the temple to honor the ancestors, or a Lion Dance through the Chinatown streets. In addition, this occasion may involve engaging activities such as; seeking clues about prospects for the following year, and fortune-telling. However, in the Chinese New Year, there are many customs and rules. Chinese engage in activities such as pasting spring couplets and paper cuts, sweeping the dust, dressing up in red, giving envelopes, and staying up late on New Year’s Eve. Ideally, seeping the dust before the festival entails numerous cleaning activities. This cleaning is intended to sweep away bad luck in the past. It is a custom associated with good wishes of keeping aside old stuff so as to welcome a new life. Chinese New Year is an awesome time to show respect and connect with Chinese clients on a cultural level. For many years, this festive has marked a significant leap for the quality of the celebration, and the number of brands that celebrate the occasion globally.

Historically, this festive is celebrated for fifteen days beginning from 31st January. In the event, Chinese crafts and arts are present. In addition, musical and dance performances and games, cooking classes, and a variety of foods spice up the day. Seemingly, the occasion starts from 11. a.m and ends at around 3. p.m. Charges for the occasion are 1$ for children and $2 for adults, with beverages and food available at additional costs. In this event, food is very essential. To start the occasion, a special meal is served where Chinese begin with a large meal composed of dumplings and whole fish. These two delicacies are important for welcoming a successful new year as dumplings are shaped in ancient Chinese coins. Fish on the other hand is a sign of prosperity, thus the reason they are vital for the occasion.

Chinese New Year is a wonderful holiday because the excitement that comes with awaiting the New Year is thrilling. It is celebrated with a festive spirit since it is the most important event in the country. Its preparations begin early enough probably a month earlier as a lot of activities take place before that day. Old things are cast aside and new dresses are worn because the New Year is intended to bring a new sensation in people’s lives, thus the reason all every individual follows the traditional customs. This occasion may involve engaging activities such as; seeking clues about prospects for the following year, and fortune-telling. Chinese engage in activities such as pasting spring couplets and paper cuts, sweeping the dust, dressing up in red, giving envelopes, and staying up late on New Year’s Eve (Zhang, 2008, p. 41).

Ideally, seeping the dust before the festival entails numerous cleaning activities. Chinese New Year is an awesome time to show respect and connect with Chinese clients on a cultural level. Notably, a special meal is served where Chinese begin with a large meal composed of dumplings and whole fish. These two delicacies are important for welcoming a successful new year as dumplings are shaped in ancient Chinese coins (Wai‐Sun, 2007, p. 64). Indeed, Chinese New Year festive remains in the memories of millions in China and in the entire world. It is a festive season that brings together families and loved ones, the dead are remembered, rituals are done to usher in the New Year.

 

 

 

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