The biggest traditional Chinese festival. Originally a farm festival, the Spring Festival, the peasants took advantage of this time of the year to wish for a good harvest. Fixed the second moon after the winter solstice, it is part of a 12-year cycle (12 earthly twigs), each corresponding to an animal.
On the occasion of this family gathering under the sign of color, animation, meditation and renewal, we cross the whole country (beware, transport is stormed!) To visit his relatives . At home, we hang prints, cut papers. Red, symbol of joy and luck, predominates. Who says New Year says new start.
The night of waking is a time when we get rid of the bad incentives of last year and where we chase those who are coming.
During the vigil (Chuxi), ancestors are invited to write down their names on a piece of paper. It is then placed on the family altar (Tang).
Traditionally, people came out with colored lanterns, perfume burners, and firecrackers were exploded to scare off evil spirits. Today, however, considered too dangerous, firecrackers are prohibited inside the cities. Some fall back on cassettes reproducing their cracklings, because not only is it necessary to repel the evil spirits, but it is also necessary to awake the dragon. A totemic animal of China, it has to return the waters it has accumulated in the rivers in the form of rain.
The day says, we receive the family for a memorable lunch. Again, the food should be varied and auspicious. We must also eat sweet to finish the year in the sweetness. The following days, we will go to the family temple to make offerings to the ancestors. Then we will send greetings to relatives, friends, colleagues, dressed in new clothes. Finally, in the parks, fairs (miaohui) are organized, occasion to admire the famous dances of the lion or the dragon.