On 8th day of the 12th lunar month, many families make laba porridge. Ba of laba means eight in Chinese. As it literally means, the laba porridge is made with 8 components, which are glutinous rice, millet, seeds of Job's tears, jujube berries, lotus seeds, beans, longan and gingko.
The 23rd day of the 12th lunar month is called Preliminary Eve. In old times, people offered sacrifices to the kitchen god. However, people prepare delicious food to enjoy themselves now.
After the Preliminary Eve, Chinese people begin preparations for the coming New Year. They buy new clothes, bedclothes, and new utensils. They clean up their houses and decorate the house into an atmosphere of rejoicing and festivity.
Almost every family decorates their door panels with Spring Festival couplets, highlighting
Chinese calligraphy with black characters on red paper. The contents of the couplets
express the house owners’good wishes for the coming year, such as auspiciousness,
abundance and wealth.
The Chinese character Fu (福) is a must for Spring Festival. Fu means welfare and good
fortune. Big characters Fu written on red papers are used to decorate house and furniture,
oranything the house owner like. And people like to paste reversed Fu. Because reversed
Fu is homophonic with “Fu comes”.
Two big red lanterns are often hung on both sides of the front door. And red
paper-cutting are also popular to paste on windows.
This evening, a TV program named Spring Festival Get-together is broadcast on China
Central Television Station (CCTV). It has been an essential entertainment for Chinese people both home and abroad in the past 20 years. After dinner, family members sit together, chatting and watching TV. It is the custom to stay up to see the New Year in.
Chinese people like to light fire-cracker this evening. It is children’s favorite activity. When the clock ticks 12 o’ clock at midnight, almost every family lights fire-cracker in the hope of driving away evil spirits and welcoming the New Year.
fairs are held across the countries. Various kinds of lanterns are exhibited to the public. Some are designed in traditional spherical shape, and some are design into the shapes of dragons, birds, butterflies and other animals. Anyway, the lantern fair will full please the audience’ eyes and beyond their imagination.
When the evening comes and all lanterns are lit, parents take their children to the fair to appreciate beautiful lanterns.
People believe that after the good rest during the Spring Festival, they can have better energy
to work in the rest days of the year.
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