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Chinese New Year Day 1

Today, I have been celebrating Chinese New Year with my relatives(My Grandmother, My Uncle, My Aunt, My mom and my Dad) to celebrate the new year of the Chinese Calendar. There are many steps to the new year and remember, this is only day 1, so there is another day to go.
These are the types of prayers on the first day:
  1. Morning- Prepare the fruits and equipment for the morning prayers: Thai and Chinese. I help prepare for this celebration since I started to acknowledge that this is a very important to Chinese History.
  2. Morning-Make prayers at the Thai shrine then the Chinese shrine and finally the shrine that protects and is closest to your house.  This event commenced because it is the day for praying for the thai shrines and it is Chinese New Year at the same time. I help my dad carry the fruits and foods to the shrine and I also prayed with my dad. 
  3. Morning- Prepare for the past people of our family and having breakfast.
  4. Morning-I went to my grandmother’s other house and have afternoon prayers of our relatives that are in heaven. Th main objective to this is to make sure our past relatives have food, utensils, electronics and money so that they stay wealthy and up to date to the world. Fruits, foods, gold paper all have to be there everyday.  The most important fruit of the celebration is oranges since they have the symbol of good luck.
  5. Pack up and have lunch.
  6. Noon-Prepare for praying for relativeless spirits.
  7. Praying for relativeless spirits.
  8. Pack Up for the day.


History of Chinese New Year:

Long time ago, there was a deadly animal that would kill the Chinese people and make China terrifying. This animal’s name is knean. It stayed deep inside mountains and every day of the 14th of  February, it would come out of the mountains and slaughter men and women one village at a time. The villiagers that survived gathered their food during January and hide in their houses when the knean comes. A few years later, the villiagers started to know the weaknesses of the knean:

  • Loud Noises- the villiagers were just playing around with some firecrackers and the knean ran away.
  • Color Red- the children in the village were wearing red shirts and the knean ran away too.

This is the main reason why Chinese New Year exists today.

Does Anybody have a celebration that is similiar to this?

  1. 17rosnas
    February 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I really like the pictures of what you actually do on celebrating chinese new year. I havent ever got to know what you actually do on chinese new year. Now I do!

    • Ping Ping
      February 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      Hello Rosna,

      At first, I didn’t know it as well but I get used to Chinese New Year from year to year.

      Ping Ping

  2. Mick
    February 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Ping,

    My family also celebrates Chinese new year. Today we were praying at home. Every year on Chinese new year all of my family will gather with my grandpa’s elder sister. But this year she is very ill, so we will be gathering at my grandpa’s house. We normal greet each other and the adults will give the kids money and then we will play cards together.


    • Ping Ping
      February 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

      Hello Mick,

      In Chinese New Year, respect is critical to adults that are older than us.

      Ping Ping

    • Ping Ping
      February 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm

      Hello Mick,

      Why do you play cards on Chinese New Year?

      Ping Ping

  3. Mr. Sam
    February 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Ping Ping,

    Thanks for doing this posting, I really learned a lot. In fact, I learned more about Chinese New Year from your posting than I did living in China for two years!

    I’m afraid I don’t have any celebrations like this. The culture that I come from has lost most of its traditions and all of the celebrations now seem to be based on spending money – like Christmas.

    Mr. Sam

    • Ping Ping
      February 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      Hello Mr. Sam,

      I like this celebration since my whole family gets together and we stick together for the whole day.

      Ping Ping

  4. Sujinna
    February 14, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I also celebrate chinese new year and yesterday was a very busy day. I had to prepare all sorts of food, candles, etc.

    • Ping Ping
      February 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      Hello Sujinna,

      This festival is pretty tiring and fun at the same time right?

      Ping Ping

  5. Ranvir
    February 14, 2010 at 10:53 am

    THIS YEAR IS MINE!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    What I mean is, I’m a tiger in the calendar. I expect it to be my lucky year and hopefully, no sickness like last December. I couldnt even celebrate properly.

    • Ping Ping
      February 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Ranvir,
      Mine Too! I’m also born on the year of the tiger.

      Ping Ping

      • ♥Ness♥
        February 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

        This year tigers aren’t exactly lucky because my parents went to this place and she said tigers arent really lucky

    • Ping Ping
      February 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      Hello Ranvir,

      I know why you’re born on the tiger,
      You’re so Big!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ping Ping

      • Ranvir
        February 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

        Super LOVL 😀 😀 😀

        • Ping Ping
          February 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

          Heh Heh

  6. 17amys
    February 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    In the sikh religon we have a celebration for each one of our Gurus becuase they sacrificed themselves to save sikhism.

    • Ping Ping
      February 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      Hello Amy,

      Every religion has something that makes it a proper religion such as legends and myths.

      Ping Ping

    • Ranvir
      February 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

      What does that have to do with Chinese New Year?

  7. ♥Ness♥
    February 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I celebrate this too but I don’t do sooo many steps.I brought some organge sugus to eat 🙂

  8. Cristina
    February 16, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Ping Ping,

    I read your post and wanted to thank you for having shared that – my students can learn a lot about your culture and traditions!

    • Mr. Sam
      February 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

      Hi Cristina,

      You’re right, that could be one of the most exciting things about blogging – exchanging information about cultures. Do you have a any Chinese students in your school?


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