Lunar New Year is being celebrated in China. The Lantern Festival, the first fortnight of its celebration, has been completed. The Vasant Mahotsav ends with the first full moon of the year. On this occasion, lighting was done with traditional dance in Xinjiang, Hubei, Hunan, Gansu and other states, which has been a part of Chinese culture for nearly 3500 years.
The Spring Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the Luni solar calendar. It became an important festival during the time of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC–25).
It is believed that in ancient times there was a demon named Niyan, who used to come every year on New Year and eat people. When people came to know that he was afraid of the color red, the sound of firecrackers and fireworks, they used these things to scare and drive him away. It is believed that from that day every year people celebrate the same new year.
This festival is also celebrated with different traditions in large countries like China, Vietnam, South Korea, North Korea, North America and Mongolia. In China it is known as New Year.
Every country has its own traditions and customs for the Lunar New Year. During this, ancestors are remembered. The whole family comes together and celebrates it together.
People wear red color during the festival. This color appears in everything from decorations to gifts. It is considered lucky.
Different types of food items are made in China on the New Year. It includes many things including rice, traditional cookies. At the same time, tetokguk, rice cakes, soups, gin and pancakes are made on New Year’s in South Korea. Tibetans begin the festival by eating noodle soup, gutuk.