China New Years Celebration
China New Years Celebration
The recent news of a new virus strain of Covid-19 returning to china has prompted a freeze on the Chinese new year 2021 travels nationally, and internationally
This comes as a shock when you appreciate that in mid-2020 the virus was under control in china, with very limited infections reported, those that did were quickly and immediately quarantined which certainly contained the problem,
However, with relaxing of the borders it would seem to return travelers native and foreign may have been the carriers of the new strain, which is now giving concerns here in Shenzhen certainly, Beijing had received travelers for containment on arriving at Beijing airport.
Hong Kong and Shenzhen have also recently reported infectious persons in luo ho and Nanshan,
Stringent measures again are put in place at congested and heavily populated locations, malls metros, and airports to tighten down the spread.
This being the case the government has put paid to travel with the Chinese new year, January 30th, 2021. It would seem many purchased tickets will have to be either refunded or the applicants placed in full covid-19 test processes, only this will allow them to proceed with their annual home travels to families.
Others measures by the government is to prevent travel and train ticket offices from being sold during the run-up to this period, being that it would more likely cause greater problems than to stay put in your cities, is a better action to take.
Traditional Holiday CNY
Chinese New year is a traditional holiday of 7 days when all workers away from their home town will return to families to spend quality time and take much-expected gifts and presents.
Reliance on this period and labor holidays in October are looking forward to by families and the city person, it is a much-needed break from the intense working arena buy all.
Travel from Hong Kong and Shenzhen Airports are pretty much stopped only for absolute necessaries. This is likely to continue as no one can confirm how long this new strain will remain active
Did not take this Lightly, all resources to prevent will be monitored and managed, the obvious risks are too high, and seeing how the west has responded to the crisis of coronavirus in the past 2 years is not a confidence builder or a guide to better actions.
Chinese are aware of the need to fix the problem and keep safe, though they are not happy with the situation of travel restrictions they will not see it as a poor act on the government’s part.
Holiday preparations locally in cities and towns will be interesting as a new wave of ideas and expectations will arise from the changes that have to be acted on. Life will go on for workers and they will adapt to what needs to be done.
Families will probably be sent gifts instead to keep up spirits and optimism.
Entertainment During the CNH
It is believed distancing will again come into play, but that will not stand in the way of displays and events to keep people entertained
Civic center display podium and park
Shekou, the Minghua displays and events
- Parks and Botanical events around the capital
- Museums and Craft markets
Other Important Lunar Calendar Notables
Laba Day is also Bodhi Day in the Buddhist tradition. It’s said that Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, attained enlightenment on this day. Thus, the day is one of the grandest festivals for Buddhists.
Laba Festival, also simply called “Laba,” comes on the eighth day of the twelfth month of the Chinese lunar year. The festival has this name because the twelfth month is also called “la” month in Chinese while the number eight is pronounced “ba.”
Since it’s in the last month of the lunar year, the festival implies saying goodbye to the old and embracing the new, and often regarded as a warm-up celebration for the upcoming Spring Festival. As an old saying goes, “after Laba, it’s the (Chinese) New Year.”
The Laba Festival falls on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. This holiday may be traced back to the ancient Chinese custom of sacrificing games to the ancestors during the last month of the lunar year. There are two legendary stories about the origin of the Laba Festival. One legend has it that after Sakyamuni left secular life to become a monk, he meditated so deeply that he often forgot to eat. Once, when he was close to dying of starvation, he encountered a woman tending her flock.
The woman saved his life by feeding him rice porridge, enabling him to continue meditating and attain enlightenment on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month (the Laba Festival). In order to commemorate this incident, every year at the Laba Festival Buddhists eat Laba porridge, also known as Buddha porridge.
One said that the Ming emperor Zhu Yuanzhang herded the landowner’s cattle when he was a child. He was confined to a small room because one of the cattle broke its leg and the landowner didn’t give him any food for three days. Zhu was starved to death and searched every corner of the room. He found a mouse hole and dug out some beans, grain, and some other food, so he made some porridge with them and found it delicious.
Later, Zhu Yuanzhang made himself an emperor. When he thought of the delicious taste of the porridge he ate in childhood, he ordered his eunuchs to use a variety of food to cook sweet porridge and shared it with all the top civil and military officials. Later, the officials learned to cook this kind of porridge themselves and introduced it to civil society. Gradually eating porridge became a traditional custom. The day Zhu Yuanzhang ate the sweet porridge was on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month, so this porridge is also called laba porridge/Congee.
TRADITIONAL LABA CONGEE
The tradition to have Laba congee on this day dates back more than a thousand years and is still a major part of Laba day in many places.
Legend has it that, before being enlightened, the Buddha worked hard for many years and was emaciated and weak. Thanks to the milk porridge offered by some shepherdesses, he recovered physical strength and later achieved enlightenment.
Therefore, nowadays, temples adhere to the tradition of offering congee to the public on this day to show appreciation for the kindhearted and to help the poor.
One of the festival’s traditions is to offer sacrifices to the ancestors and gods. In the agrarian societies of ancient times, this worship was a prayer for good luck and a bountiful harvest.
It was also an important ritual for emperors in those times, who would hold grand sacrificial fetes in the winter to show their appreciation to nature and their ancestors.
Those ancient activities could be interpreted as a reflection of “Xiao” (filial piety), “Ren” (benevolence and love), and “Yi” (righteousness) in Confucian values.
Nowadays, the rituals tend to be less formal. People offer sacrifice now more to memorialize family members who have passed away. Those who visit temples on this day are not necessarily religious believers but want to demonstrate their best wishes for the Chinese New Year.
The selection of ingredients for congee may vary geographically, but generally, it includes grains like rice, millet, glutinous rice, sorghum, black rice, and cox seeds; beans like soybean, red bean, mung bean, kidney bean, and cowpea; nuts like red dates, peanuts, lotus seeds, goji, chestnuts, raisins, walnuts, and longans.
In Northern China, Laba garlic is especially popular. People place peeled garlic cloves into a container with vinegar and seal it up. During the pickling process, the garlic turns green. This tasty typical side dish serves well with dumplings during the Spring Festival.
In northwest China, some residents in Shaanxi Province eat Laba noodles for the festival. In places like Anhui in east China, people will eat Laba tofu.
Chinese customs vary locally and climate conditions also intended to assist citizens [REN] to overcome the cold winter months and prevent flu and other ailments.
As a big surprise to the Chinese city workers not being able to return home to that well-expected greetings, foods, and share a wonderful traditional event, they will now move to changes brought on by the reported infection and make the best of what they have in their respective locations.
Next year will bring better tidings and expectations will double to seeing the families, possibly in October for labor day holidays if the problems are resolved in china