Happy Lunar Chinese New Year 2023!
Chinese New Year 2023: Every year begins with a celebration across the world. All of us celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1st of every year. However, the Chinese folks celebrate New Year according to the Lunar calendar. This year, 2023, is going to be the year of the Rabbit! Many Chinese natives regard Chinese New Year as the start of the zodiac year. This is a widely accepted Chinese astrological belief. This year, the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, will be observed from January 22nd, 2023.
The festivities last for fifteen days, beginning on the new moon, all over China and the Chinese communities worldwide. This blog by AstroClip is based around the same, including the Chinese Horoscope for 2023. Along with this, we will learn the history, significance, and zodiac-wise predictions for the New Year. So without further ado, let us start learning about the Chinese New Year and some of its cultural significance!
Significance and Myths of the Chinese New Year
The origin of the Chinese New Year can be traced back about 3,800 years. It was observed as per the Lunar Calendar, which the Government abolished in 1912. Instead of observing the new year according to the Lunar Calendar, they started observing it as per the Gregorian calendar, that is, on January 1st of every year. However, after 1949, the Chinese New Year was renamed as the “Spring Festival” in many parts of China. It is also believed that Chinese New Year started during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) when people attended sacrifice rites in honor of gods and ancestors at the beginning and end of each year.
The most popular traditional stories of the Chinese New Year talk about a Yearly Beast, Nian, who would eat all the food, crops, livestock, and even people on the new year’s eve. In order to prevent Nian from causing destruction a day before the celebrations, people started keeping food outside their houses for him.
Another tale reveals that, in order to keep the Yearly Beast away from the living areas, a wise old man came up with an unusual plan. He figured out that the beast is scared of loud noises. Hence, people started putting red lanterns and scrolls on their windows and doorsteps, as well as crackling bamboo sticks, which were later replaced by firecrackers, in order to scare Nian away.
15 Days Of Celebrations
The festivities of the Chinese New Year continue for fifteen days.
Day 1: ’Birthday of Chicken’
The day represents a fresh start in one’s life, as well as renewed expectations for prosperity, fortune, and pleasure.
Day 2: ‘Birthday of Dog’
On the second day, the Chinese pray to their ancestors as well as all the gods. Traditionally, married women would express their gratitude to their birth parents. Given that it is the day of the dogs’ birthday, pets and stray animals will be properly fed.
Day 3: ‘Birthday of Pig’
The third day of the New Year is set aside for grave visiting. Families who have had an immediate family pass away within the last three years will not pay house visits as a show of respect to the deceased.
Day 4: ‘Birthday of Sheep’
A continuity of Day 3.
Day 5: ‘Birthday of Ox, Cattle’
The day is celebrated as the birthday of the God of Wealth, therefore the god is honored.
Day 6: ‘Birthday of Horse’
People visit temples and relatives’ and friends’ houses on Day 6.
Day 7: ‘Birthday of Men’
The seventh day of the lunar year is celebrated as the birth of the common man.
Day 8: The Day of Completion
A day dedicated to family gatherings and dinners.
The ninth day of the Lunar Month is celebrated as the birthday of the Jade Emperor, highly revered in taoist beliefs.
Day 10 to 12
The days tenth to twelfth are dedicated to feasting with friends and family.
Day 13: Diet Control
This day is dedicated to cleansing and digesting the food from the days of feast. People eat vegetarian food like rice, mustard and greens.
Day 14: The Lantern Decoration Day
The fourteenth day is dedicated to the preparation of Lantern Day!
Day 15: Lantern Festival
The first full moon following the Spring Festival and the New Year, also known as the “first night of the full moon,” occurs on the 15th day. The holiday is as well-known as the Lantern Festival.