Madison Sinclair │02. 11. 17
Taiwan, along with other countries, celebrate similar holidays to that of China, the Chinese New Year being one of those holidays. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a holiday that begins in the middle of December and does not end until the middle of-January. The celebration is tied to the lunar-solar calendar and the waxing of the full moon. The Chinese New Year is one that continues to be the most important holiday of the year. For the people in Taiwan and China, the New Year is a time for honoring ancestors and reuniting the family. The holiday is celebrated for many days, and it is traditional to eat specific foods on certain days to ensure a good and healthy new year. People eat long noodles in the first five days to symbolize a long life, and on the fifteenth days, round dumplings that symbolize a full moon are served as a sign of the family and perfection. The holiday also involves other traditions that are used to bring luck to the household for the New Year. Households also would post lucky messages on their front gates and set off firecrackers to scare off the evil spirits. People clean their houses of the ill-fated “breaths” that may have accumulated throughout the past year. Unlike the older generations, younger generations do not focus on the original meaning of the holiday. Younger generations tend to celebrate the holiday for fun and use it as a way to relax from work. Younger generations in Taiwan and China still use visuals to represent the New Year. For example, the 2017 visual for the Taipei Lunar New Year was a golden rooster lifting its wings to symbolize rich harvests for the whole year. The Chinese New Year is a major holiday in many countries, and it is celebrated to ensure a good new year.
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