Chinese New Year Descriptive Essay by Quality Writers

Chinese New Year
A discussion of the origins, traditions and superstitions of the Chinese New Year.
# 102727 | 1,386 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2008 in Anthropology (Asian) , Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , History (Asian)


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Description:

This paper discusses the history and current practices of the Chinese New Year. It looks at the origins of the festivities and at the Chinese New Year traditions that have been carried on throughout the ages. It then discusses the superstitions that are associated the lead-up to and celebration of the Chinese New Year. Finally, the paper discusses the significance of each of the fifteen days of the Chinese New Year.

Table of Contents:
Introduction
Ancient Chinese New Year
Traditions
Superstitions
The 15 Days of Chinese New Year
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"On the actual New Year's Day, hair should not be washed as this will wash away good luck for the New Year. Red is the color chosen for clothing, as it is a bright, happy color which encourages a bright future (as well as serves to fend off Nian). Children and unmarried friends are given "lai see", which are small red envelopes containing money for good fortune (ibid). Other superstitions include the consulting of an Almanac before heading out (in order to find the "best time" for doing so), the prohibiting of scissor and knife use (as this may "cut off" good fortune), avoidance of people in their bedrooms (this is considered bad luck) and external environmental cues. These include the words one first hears on New Year's Day (these are considered to reflect one's fortune) and signals such as songbirds or red-colored birds (these are supposed to be good luck) (ibid)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ancient Chinese New Year (2007). Chinese New Year 2007. Retrieved March 21, 2007 from http://www.123chinesenewyear.com/ancient-chinese-new-year.html.
  • Brown, T. (1987). Chinese New Year. New York: Henry Holt & Co.
  • Chinese New Year. University of Victoria. Retrieved March 21, 2007 from http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/chinese_new_year.html.
  • The 15-Day Celebration of Chinese New Year. University of Victoria. Retrieved March 21, 2007 from http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/15-day_celebration.html.
  • Taboos and Superstitions of Chinese New Year. University of Victoria. Retrieved March 21, 2007 from http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/taboos.html.

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