Chinese New Year in cebu

Chinese New Year will be celebrated this Saturday, for the Filipino-Chinese community this is a rather big celebration. So what does the day really mean to them?

On January 28, 2017 (Saturday), our Filipino-Chinese friends will be celebrating the Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Lunar New Year. For the Filipino-Chinese community this is a rather big celebration, with family reunion dinners as the main highlight.

So what does the Chinese New Year really mean to the Filipino-Chinese community? For starters, there’s the spring cleaning tradition. The whole family pitches in to make sure the house is clean and free of the "bad elements" of the past year. Bed sheets are replaced, and some families even opt to decorate their houses in red and gold colors (colors that bring success). Lanterns are hung and you will sometimes see a cluster of food offerings for their ancestors displayed inside the house.

Some Filipino-Chinese communities also display dazzling fireworks when the clock strikes midnight on Chinese New Year. Wealthier families would join in cultural activities like horse back riding, and calligraphy among others. The most popular activity is writing our year’s wishes on a wishing tree where FGS monastics would pray over them throughout the year.

Malls and other establishments will usually be decorated with red and gold auspicious colors. Oranges will be displayed and given out too.

Of course, what is Chinese New Year without a dragon dance? The festivities do not end on the 8th of February. They usually continue until the 15th day of the new year, also known as the Lantern Festival.


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