How Chinese People are Celebrating Chinese New Year. 新年快樂!

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How Chinese People are Celebrating Chinese New Year. 新年快樂!

新年快樂! I finally experienced how Chinese people celebrate the Chinese New Year.

I don’t call it ‘Chinese New Year’. Koreans call the New Year’s Day by lunar calendar ‘Old New Year’ because that’s what their ancestors celebrated. So that, this is my holiday as well. If I were at my home country, what would I do right now? Making mandoo (Korean style dumpling) for three days, preparing holiday food with my mum and eating dduckguk (rice cake soup) for New Year’s Day tradition. That’s why how I can charm people with my cooking skill – trained for a long time with holiday cooking. Or, I would travel – because new year’s day is the longest holiday as an office worker; 3 days. Glad I’m not anymore.

Anyway, today is their New Year’s Day. For the past few days I’ve been staying in Jianshui, Yunnan, I had a chance to see how Chinese are celebrating their the biggest holiday. It involves a lot – I mean A LOT of fireworks, putting flowers on the street, setting up red lanterns and red and decorating red-yellow ribbons everywhere. And the fireworks peak at midnight.

The strange thing was, they’ve been preparing the celebration for a long time, and magically everything shuts down at New Year’s Eve. No cars, no people, no shops, only Chinese teenagers with fireworks on the street. And the following morning, the New Year’s Day, everyone is on the street, celebrating with their family. The night before was like the calm before the storm. The change was quick and surprising. Though, it’s nice to see people are keeping the tradition and celebrating it with their family.

Here are some photos of how people are celebrating Chinese New Year in Jianshui, Yunnan Province, China. 新年快樂!

 

setting up fireworks for Chinese New Year

setting up fireworks for Chinese New Year

Red bow for Chinese New Year

Red bow for Chinese New Year

Red lantern at Confucian temple

Red lanterns at Confucian temple

 

Decoration for Chinese New Year

Decoration for Chinese New Year

Flowers for Chinese New Year

Flowers for Chinese New Year

Flags for Chinese New Year

Celebratory flag

 

All shops are closed for Chinese New Year

All shops are closed for Chinese New Year's Eve

Big incent for Chinese New Year

A big incent to burn for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year ornament

Hanging Ornaments for Good Luck

People Dancing Jianshui Yunnan China

People are dancing at Chaoyang Gate square

Shops for Chinese New Year

A shop for Chinese New Year celebration

Setting up red bow for Chinese New Year

Setting up red bow at Zhu's garden

Chinese New Year at Confucian Temple

Chinese New Year at Confucian Temple

Fireworks for Chinese New Year

Fireworks are the must

Fireworks residue

Fireworks Leftover

Red lanterns for Chinese New Year at Zhus garden

Red lanterns for Chinese New Year at Zianshui, Yunnan

Floating lantern for Chinese New Year

Floating lantern for Chinese New Year

Red bow from Confucian temple

Red bow from Confucian temple

Zhus garden at night for Chinese New Year

Zhu's garden at night with celebrating lantern and the trail of floating lantern in the sky

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

8 Comments

  1. […] holiday. Streets are filled with broken red papers from the fireworks, and red lanterns. Check out more photos of Chinese New Year on Runaway […]

  2. Candice says:

    LOVE these photos! I wanna celebrate the Chinese New Year!

  3. Susane says:

    Hi Juno,

    I love red, so I like all the red decorations and especially the flowers on the street idea. Must have been quite an experience!
    Susane

  4. Leslie says:

    I hope you are playing safely with those firecrackers! I want you to have all your fingers the next time you visit New York 🙂 Happy Lunar (Korean and Chinese) New Year!

  5. Meaghan says:

    I love CNY! It is so pretty and fun! I don’t like the food places are not open for dinner but that’s my main complaint.
    Glad you are getting more love from China then you were when you first got there!

  6. this is an awesome post and yes I am mesmerized by how Chinese around the world celebrates the Chinese New Year!

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