Chinese Festivals have been attracting more and more people worldwide. Traditional parades are often organised by the local community and offer the possibility of experiencing the most unique vibe. In fact, it is very common to see tourists flooding the streets of capital cities during such festivities. Late night dances, food stands and colourful costumes are only few of the elements that make such scene so vibrant.
As we draw close to the New Year, many of us will come across the traditional Spring Festival. This widely popular celebration, known to many as Chinese New Year, bases its roots in several myths and traditions. Originally, the festival aimed at honouring the ancestors. However, throughout the centuries, it developed into a much more complex event that lasts as long as fifteen days.
An Atmosphere Like No Other
Food is key to the celebration. Therefore it is common to see people queueing up for some traditional noodles or some juicy dumplings dipped in velvety chilli sauce.
As the celebration begins, anyone attending should expect to see traditional Chinese paper lanterns enlightening the way for the Dragon and Lion dance. Approaching at the thunderous sound of drums and cymbals, the paraded faces of the two animals will evict bad luck or evil spirits.
Such dance is also replicated in other circumstances. For instance in Honk Hong and Macau, traditions wants that Lion and Dragon dancers will be part of business inaugurations and will often perform in the major city Casinos to bring good luck to players.
Activities For All The Family
Outdoor markets are also a fundamental component of a festival. From flowers to fireworks, thousands cross the streets of major cities. Traditionally, families will buy here gifts for the upcoming year’s visits as well as a Plum Tree. This last one will have a major role in the house festivity decoration. Thus, many compare it to the Western Christmas tree.
Most people in western cities also claim that Chinese New Year adds a twist to their otherwise cold winter months. As this festival often falls in January or February, it fills the gap between the end of the year holiday break and Easter. Making this time of the year a special and sparkling occasion.