Chinese New Year Is Almost Here!!!

Hey, it’s Brian from KizugawaCity here.
This time I want to tell you about an important festival to many people in the world – Chinese New Year.

こんにちは、木津川市のリー・ブライアンです。今回は旧正月について紹介します。

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Chinese New Year is the start of the year in the lunar calendar. The date changes every year, but it usually is around the end of January to the middle of February.

旧正月は旧暦の新年のことを指します。旧正月の日にちは毎年違いますが、一月の下旬から二月の中旬に行います。

Taiwan foodThere are many traditions for celebrating Chinese New Year. Families prepare delicacies and gather together for a big meal on the eve of Chinese New Year. The meal typically includes a hot pot, a fish dish, dumplings, Chinese rice cake (similar to mochi), and daikon. There are many local variations of the content of the meal. In Taiwan, people eat chicken, leek, lima beans and spinach, including the root, for prosperity and longevity.

旧正月の伝統はたくさんあります。旧暦の大晦日に、家族のみなは集まって食事をするという習慣があります。定番料理はお鍋と魚、ぎょうざ、年糕(ニェンガオ、お餅に似たもの)、と大根などがあります。地域によって、料理の内容は違いますが、台湾では、鶏肉とニラ、ライマメ、ほうれん草(根っこも)などの縁起がいい食材を使った料理を食べます。

Guangdong_Nian_cake[1]With the common name “Chinese New Year,” some may think that it is only celebrated in China. Chinese New Year is also celebrated in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, UK, US, and other countries with a significant Chinese community. In the US, there are big celebrations in many cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. A big parade is held with many performances. Chinese New Year celebration has grown into a pan-Asian fusion celebration. Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and even Hispanic floats appear in the parade. The most iconic performance is the dragon dance. Firecrackers are lit to start the year with a bang.

旧正月は英語でチャイニーズ・ニュー・イヤと言い、中国でしか祝わないと思う人がいるかもしれませんが、旧正月は中華圏のお祝いであり、日本はもちろん、シンガポール、マレーシア、タイ、イギリス、アメリカなどの国でも祝われます。アメリカでは、ニューヨークとサンフランシスコ、ロサンゼルスなどの中華系の住民が多いまちに、旧正月の祭りがあり、お祝いのパレードとパフォーマンスが行います。アメリカでの旧正月はチャイニーズだけじゃなく、韓国系、日系、ベトナム系、ラテン系などのコミュニティの人々も参加し、みんなのお祝いになります。一番代表的なパフォーマンスは龍踊(じゃおどり)です。爆竹に火をつけて、よいお年のスタートを祈ります。

LA_ChineseNewYear[1]firecracker2[1]This year, it falls on January 31st. To prepare for Chinese New Year, people clean and decorate the house with oranges and calligraphy on walls and doors. You can research online for ways to celebrate Chinese New Year. If you are looking a reason for another cleaning day, Chinese New Year is right around the corner!

今年の旧正月は一月三十一日にあります。日本の大晦日のように、旧正月を迎えに大掃除をし、オレンジと春聯(書道)を飾ります。旧正月の祝い方についてインターネットで調べてみてください。最近お掃除をしていないなら、ぜひ旧正月の大みそかに。

shunren

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2 Responses to Chinese New Year Is Almost Here!!!

  1. Why Lunar New Year is not celebrated by Japanese people?
    Korean people celebrate it as Seollal (설날).
    Vietnamese people also celebrate it.

  2. tabunkakyoto says:

    Maybe they did before… I think the tradition of Setsubun of welcoming the new spring is their way to celebrate it but you would have to ask a Japanese person to make sure!

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