Philadelphia: Chinese Snake 2013 Is Around The Corner

Chinese New Year 2013 is an annual official public holiday for many countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. The Spring Festival 2013 is among the longest public holidays in China, one of the Golden Week.

Some countries refer to the Lunar New Year with their local name, such as Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese New Year) in Vietnam, Korean New Year in South Korea, or Setsubun in Japan.

Chinese New Year Festival is based on the lunar Chinese calendar, begins on first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day of the first month.

Days before the New Year, every family is busy giving its house a thorough cleaning, hoping to sweep away all the ill-fortune there may have been in the family to make way for the wishful in-coming good luck. People also give their doors and window-panes a new paint, usually in red color. They decorate the doors and windows with paper-cuts and couplets with the very popular theme of “happiness”, “wealth”, “longevity” and “satisfactory marriage with more children”.

Paintings of the same theme are put up in the house on top of the newly mounted wall paper. In the old days, various kinds of food are tributed at the alta of ancestors.

Chinese Year 2013 (10 February 2013 ? 30 January 2014) is the Year of Snake.

The first day of Chinese New Year 2013 (Chun Jie / 春节 2013) will be celebrated on Sunday, 10 February 2013, and the festival will last for as long as 15 days, till the Sunday, 24 February 2013.

Chinese New Year in Philadelphia Chinatown is always a vibrant fusion of traditional culture and modern sophistication, with flower markets and festivities.

Philadelphia Chinese Organization will help usher in the Year of the Snake with the annual Flower Market  As is customary in Chinese tradition, house-holds welcome in the New Year with fresh flowers, treats and lucky red keepsakes. The Flower Market will be one of many Chinatown retail destinations for New Year’s Eve preparation. The market will feature a variety of gifts, including flowers, handmade lanterns, candies, and red envelopes. In addition, the afternoon will feature a children’s craft area.

Every year, on the stroke of midnight the celebration quickly begins, firecrackers blast and the traditional lion dance begins, happiness spreads throughout the town.Get ready to say “Kung Hei Fat Choy.”

Chinese New Year

Date : 10 February 2013

Venue: Chinatown.

Event cost: Free.

Website: chinatown-pcdc.org/events/cny-celebration-events/

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