Chinese New Year

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The Chinese New Year Eve is marked on February 4th, 2019. The first official day of Chinese New Year starts on February 5th which is based on the lunar calendar. As being born in China, I had the opportunity to spend six years overseasin my pursuit of studies. This is the first year I’m back to spend timewith my family. I’m eager to share with you about the wonderful journeys and excitements on this very special day.  

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Photo from JAKE ROSSEN

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Before the arrival of the Chinese New Year, nearly all people are occupied in setting upNew Year scrolls, which are taped onto the side of front doors of people’s homesas well as preparing to buy special giftsand delicious foods and snacksfor the new year to come. This includes a huge list of poultry, fish, meat as well as fruit, candies and all kinds of nuts. It’s possible tosee that at every corner, whether that’s the supermarket or gas stations, businessesare at itsbusiest momentsof the year while peopleare lined up to complete their last-minute New Year shopping. There is another primary reasonwhypeople flock the stores. People need to buy new shirts, jackets and pants. In China, there is a tradition that people need to wear new clothing in the New Year Eve.

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Photo by Georgia Bronte

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Consequently,there are seas of travelersat far as the human eye can see packed tightly at train stations and airports eagerly to return home for the Chinese New Year. Long hours of queuing up at the railway station is predictable. Nothing can stop the masses toreturn home to be with their loved ones. Unquestionably, a great majority of people are stranded without a seat on the train for endless hours because they haven’t bought a seat ticket on time. And if all else fails, people will choose long-distance buses, that could potentially take more than a day to get back home.

In China, there is an old tradition that during theEveof the Spring Festival, the entire family will get together to enjoy a hot dinner while watching the Spring Festival celebration. So,on the Eve of February 4th, my family and I have along with my aunt and cousins done have done just that and stopped by our grandmother’s house to enjoy a massive, unforgettabledinner. However, to simplify lifestyles, alternatively increasingly more people are choosing their family reunions at restaurants. After our dinner, wetypically talk for hours till midnight. Why do we continue to pass the time? This is because we’reall waiting for the midnight arrival. When the midnight strikes the new day, each family will set off firecrackers and fireworks, which runs throughout the new evening. This symbolizes the warmly welcome to theNew Year’s coming.

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We can hear echoes of fireworks in the long distance and many more in the new morning! Isn’t it fun? I really enjoyed spending the Chinese New Year with my family. It’s considered one of the most important holidays in China. When I was in Canada, my friends and I would cook at home and streamline the Chinese New Year on the internet. It makes us feel one step closer to China as if we’re celebrating the Chinese New Year with our families together. 
Have you ever spent the Chinese New Year before?