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Rituals And Customs To Celebrate Chinese New Year

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Many Chinese children dress in new clothes to celebrate the Lunar New Year. People carry lanterns and join in a huge parade led by a silk dragon, the Chinese symbol of strength. According to legend, the dragon hibernates most of […]

Many Chinese children dress in new clothes to celebrate the Lunar New Year. People carry lanterns and join in a huge parade led by a silk dragon, the Chinese symbol of strength. According to legend, the dragon hibernates most of the year, so people throw firecrackers to keep the dragon awake. Jonathon Engelsis a traveler, writer & teacher who’s been living abroad as an expat since 2005. He’s worked in nearly a dozen countries, and visited many others in between.

If you don’t want to go out to celebrate the New Year, invite people over to your place. You can invite a few people for a small gathering, or throw a big New Year’s bash. Las Vegas hosts a party where all the casinos work in tandem to create one strip wide party.

Many leave the city and go to the rural towns across the country, to celebrate with family and friends. The capital city of Brasília holds a public celebration on the Monumental Axis or Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha. Celebrations in Manaus are centred upon a fireworks display on the Rio Negro Bridge, while Paulista Avenue hosts the main celebration in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. Some people will attend a midnight service that’s held on New Year’s Eve, called a Watch-Night service. They’ll often include food, singing, and a message from the church’s leadership. London’s usual NYE firework event is not going ahead this year but there’s no shortage of fun things to do to welcome 2022.

Parades feature huge statues of Buddha that spray water on passersby. In small villages, young people throw water at each other for fun. People also release fish into rivers as an act of kindness.

Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. In Japan visits are sometimes made to Shintō shrines of tutelary deities or to Buddhist temples. Chinese make offerings to gods of the hearth and wealth and to ancestors.

In Switzerland, New Year’s Eve is typically celebrated in private gatherings or public events. In Lisbon the New Year is celebrated with a grand concert. The New Year’s Concert is held at the CCB (Centro Cultural de Belém) on the evening of 1 January, featuring the prestigious Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. In Sarajevo, people gather in the Square of children of Sarajevo where a local rock band entertains them.

End the year on a high with dinner and music at arestaurant with amazing viewsof the London skyline. Watch the sun set on 2021 with a delicious brunch at Madisonand enjoy the best views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Choose a magicalNew Year’s Eve cruiseon the Thames and enjoy live entertainment as you welcome 2022. Any restaurants and bars host spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations. The sparkly streamers have lost steam in recent years, but there’s just nothing like loads of the vintage holiday decorations for adding glamour to your gathering.

Other major New Year events are held in the cities of Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, and Newcastle. The Swedish lottery television show BingoLotto features a special New Year’s Eve edition to commemorate the holiday with musical guests, four bingo games, and surprises. Major television networks broadcast the events live all across the country on New Year’s Eve like Polsat and TVP. In Japan, New Year’s Eve is used to prepare for and welcome Toshigami (年神), the New Year’s god. People clean their homes and prepare Kadomatsu or Shimenawa to welcome the god before New Year’s Eve.

In the days leading up to LNY, windows are scrubbed, floors swept and furniture dusted to wash away the bad luck of the past year. In China, the word “dust” is a homophone for “old”, so cleaning the house is required to drive away any bad luck of the previous year and prepare for a new start. In Korea, birds join these decorations – decorative cranes symbolise longevity while magpies represent good fortune. Known as mén shén and dating back to the Tang Dynasty, the Door Gods are the guardians of an entrance and were some of the most popular gods for ancient Chinese people.