Sunday, February 10, 2013

Welcome to the Macau-China Bulletin, February 2013

Chinese New Year - Sunday February 10
The "Chinese New Year" also known as Spring Festival, is the most important celebration of the traditional Chinese holidays. On February 10, 2013 begins the year 4711 according to the Chinese calendar, and corresponds to the Year of the Snake. It is season of celebrations, starting on New Year's Day and ends with the Lantern Festival, the fifteenth day of the first month: This year began on January 26 and ends on March 6. It is customary to have family visits, special meals and fireworks, especially during the first three days of the festival.

During the New Year's Eve, the family members who live away from home make a special effort to return home and share a great meal. That is why public transport system often face an avalanche of travelers during this time.
The flower decorations in St Benedict Church
The dishes are prepared for this occasion are considered symbols of good luck. To receive the "Spring Festival" people clean their houses and hang poetic verses on red signs on their doors, decorate the houses with Chinese New Year paintings on the walls and hang red lanterns. 

There are fireworks and firecrackers, hoping to ward off bad luck and to bring prosperity. Children receive 'red-pockets'- money from elders-relatives. 
 It is a common scene during the season of Chinese New Year 
to have 1000s of people on the move

It is Chinese tradition to finish all the pending tasks to go into the the new year, and so it is important to pay off all the debts! 

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