Chinese New Year: Parades

Dragon dancers help Santa Monica celebratethe Lunar New Year

Dragon dancers help Santa Monica celebratethe Lunar New Year

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has said the Spring Festival has been gaining its popularity in the country from year to year. If you don't know much about Chinese Lunar New Year, AsiaMe can tell you all about it.

How Chinese Celebrate Spring Festival?

What you can expect in Buddhist temples are lighting incense, trying special temple-made Chinese food, enjoying handsome lanterns and hearing some chanting.

Globally, Chinese New Year is celebrated by a quarter of the world's population.

The spokesman attributed the broad celebration of the festival to the country's respect for cultural diversity and freedom of belief, and close relations between the peoples of the two countries. Lasting for 15 days, it's a time to gather with family and wish each other happiness and prosperity. This act of cleaning is also to prepare for visits from the gods. The Lunar New Year's day falls on Friday.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM), an organization that promotes Chinese culture on campus, will also host a Spring Festival Celebration concert Saturday at 6:30 the Rose Theatre.

Here's what you can expect this Chinese New Year:1. If you are wondering what personality traits each zodiac has, ask a lady on AsiaMe and she will be happy to tell you, and explain more about Chinese New Year's amusing customs.

Chansophy, who is also a Cambodian with Chinese ancestry, said Chinese New Year has been celebrated in Cambodia since ancient times, and it is the annual time to honor ancestors and to have a family reunion.

"I recommend for those people born in the Year of the Dragon to remain in status quo, meaning no new investments, no new business". Recently, greetings sent by telephone, particularly by WeChat Wēixìn (a Chinese multi-purpose social media mobile application software) have become popular. "It's the biggest festival for us". Known as "hongbao/ang pow" in Mandarin and "lai see" in Cantonese, these are basically gifts of hard cash which are dispensed to kids in distinctive red envelopes. Decorations are put up, dumplings are made and families reunite on New Year's eve for dinner.

On this occasion of celebration, people greet each other with wine on food tables and extend warm of wealth and longevity.

Commenting about the upcoming event, Esther Dobbin, Commercial Operations Manager at the Giant's Causeway said: "The Chinese tourist market is increasingly important for us and we are delighted to welcome a growing number of visitors from China to the Giant's Causeway every year".

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