Chinese New Year Essay

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Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year in Malaysia lasts for 15 days, and is normally during January to February that varies from year to year. Normally, just like any other festivals, preparations are normally the starters of Chinese New Year.

First, the families will clean their home thoroughly. This is not only to welcome the guests to come during Chinese New Year, but also the Chinese’s belief that this can ‘sweep away the misfortune’ from one’s family, prepared for good luck to enter the house again. However, it is a bad thing to sweep the floor during Chinese New Year itself, because it is believed that this way, the family will ‘sweep ‘ away all its good luck during the festival. Moreover, red decorations will be put up as well as ‘red’
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Meaningful food will be served, such as fish - that stands for prosperity; Chinese radish which stands for longevity; and rice means harmony etc. Additionally, families will often visit their relatives and neighbours house, not only to greet one another Chinese New Year, but also to enjoy the Chinese New Year cake and biscuits (年糕), enjoying the festival. On the midnight of Chinese New Year Eve, the whole family will stay outside the house, praying and putting food outside the house to welcome or greet the God of Wealth (财神爷)into their homes, hoping for a new year of prosperity. Chinese community and villages will be filled with excitement, sound of firecrackers and fireworks and Chinese New Year…show more content…
Many parents will write riddles on lanterns for their children to guess, eating traditional dumplings - “tang yuan”, and putting up candles to guide the good spirits home. This is also known as the ‘Valentine’s Day’ in Malaysia. Females will write their name and contact number attached to an orange and throw them into a lake, while males pick them up and eat them, also hopefully contacting the attachment’s containing name and address. And here comes the end of Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year is a meaningful way for the Chinese to start their calendar for a year.The most unique part of this festival is that it not only focused on bringing one’s own family good luck, but also the traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next that is followed every year that strengthens families’ bonds, such as the main feast/unity feast “团圆饭” and visiting relatives “拜年”. Unique because every tradition of this festival is meaningful, even cleaning and food, and had brought so much excitement, noise, greetings, love, unity to the
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