A month after the celebration of the international New Year will be another New Year celebration for the Chinese, which is exactly on February 1, 2022. In the Lunar or Chinese calendar, the lunisolar calendar is made by combining the lunar calendar and the solar calendar.
In the lunar calendar, there is a Chinese zodiac based on the move of the moon. There are animals marks each year using a cycler, just like the moon. There are twelve animals in the zodiac from a fantasy legend from China with a story from the Age of Jade Emperor. The animals are buffalo, mouse, rabbit, tiger, rooster, dragon, pig, monkey, snake, horse, dog, and goat. This year (2022 AD) is equal to 2573 of the Chinese year, which is the year of people who are a tiger in the Chinese zodiac sign.
The Legendary Tradition Comes From Legend
A special day like this is always a day that we are waiting for. Especially for children for the Chinese New Year, because there is a tradition of giving and receiving angpao. In this tradition, angpao is given by married people to unmarried relatives.
Angpao or hong bao in mandarin or Cantonese means red envelope or red gift. Not only in angpao but nuances of red may also now decorate the shopping center you visit. In Chinese culture itself, red is a symbol of good luck, joy, and happiness.
The meaning of the color red is not simply given away but comes from a historical journey recorded in a legend from China known as the legend of the Red Emperor/fire or the Yan emperor. Emperor Yan is a Chinese mythological deity from South China who is also considered as a cultural hero of Shen Nong.
Besides the legend of the Yan emperor, there is also the legend of the Nian, an evil monster with a look like a bull and had a head like a lion. Nian will come from the mountains or the sea to terrorize villagers on New Year’s Eve. They said the monster will also eat the plants, livestock, and even children. The villagers later found out that Nian was afraid of fire, noise, and red color, so the people chased it away by putting red paper with the message (JianZhi) around their house.
These legends have made red color always be a choice for Chinese people. The cultural effect is not only that, Chinese people also set off fireworks to enliven the New Year celebrations.
Not only red but in celebration of the Chinese New Year there is also a tradition of saying “Gong Xi Fa Cai“. Regarding the historical meaning of red, this greeting has the meaning of congratulations for having succeeded in chasing away the evil and bringing good luck.
The Prohibitions Are Also The Tradition, So Just Use Twibbonize Anyway
Whatever and with whomever, you are going to spend Chinese New Year 2573, don’t forget that there are also some taboos for Chinese people. In the tradition of giving and receiving angpao, one of them. People who are not married yet are not allowed to give angpao, and the value of money given in the angpao cannot in a number of four.
In addition, during Chinese New Year, Chinese people also abstain from eating porridge. They consider porridge as food for the sick and a symbol of poverty and distress, so it is not appropriate to eat porridge on new year’s day.
Chinese people also have taboos on cutting nails and cutting hair during Chinese New Year for the next 15 days. The next 15 days after new year’s day is called Cap Go Meh Day. This is the day where the Chinese New Year celebration ends. However, this taboo is considered to bring bad luck and drive away from the luck for Chinese people.
From the various traditions and taboos on the Chinese New Year above, create a new tradition to celebrate it digitally with Twibbonize. There are already many Chinese New Year 2573 frames that you can use. Below is the collection:
Spending a special day will definitely be fun with our beloved ones. But maybe you can’t do it with all of your family, friends, coworkers, and others at once. For that being said, Twibbonize here with a solution for you. Use and share the Chinese New Year frames as above and say “Gong Xi Fa Cai” virtually to all your loved ones!