Cymbals and temple bells have rang.
dragons parade through the street,
Chinese new year, a yearly treat.
Fireworks Explode in the skies,
a special treat for children’s eyes.
celebrations are all we hear,
For the animal of the year.
This year, however, is the best,
dragons are king o’er all the rest.
sixty years passed reaching her own,
Golden dragon is on her throne.
Traditionally, an elaborate feast is prepared in each household on Chinese New Year, to pay respect and tribute to ancestors and all those who have passed away. All traditional food items, like chicken, fish, noodles, and rice, are cooked on the day. The noodles should be uncut as they symbolize a long life. Any white food item, such as curd, is not to be included, as the color white is unlucky and symbolizes death. Rice is taken with chicken and other foods and also in the form of sweet pudding. A traditional vegetarian item called “Jai” is also prepared in all households, on Chinese New Year, and has significant value. It is a combination of various fibrous roots, like lotus seeds, gingko biloba nuts, bamboo shoots, etc, which signify wealth and abundance.
The Chinese New Year begins with visits to friends and loved ones and greeting them with good luck. All members of the household take part in the celebration with great enthusiasm and fervor. The event ends with the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day. The kids enjoy this day in particular. They move around with friends and family members, carrying colorful and brightly-lit lanterns and are very excited all throughout the day. All said and done, Chinese New Year is an occasion to thank family members and friends and most importantly God, for being generous to them and pray that they and others have a great year ahead.