CHINESE VESION... | What is Chinese New Year | SPRING FESTIVAL IN PU ZHAO TEMPLE
Chinese New Year
Tawau Town, Sabah, Malaysia
The Chinese communities all over the world welcome the Year of the Horse with great fanfare, family reunions, dinners and traditional lion and unicorn dances performed from house to house.
Children and unmarried individuals receive packets of money known as ‘ang pow’ wishing them good luck and prosperity.
Dragons, unicorns and lions come alive during this annual Chinese New Year.
Dance troupes will put on a dazzling display of agility, grace and choreography as we celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Chinese New Year is an annual celebration marking the start of the year according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Chinese New Year always falls in the months of January or February.
Each Chinese New Year is represented by 1 of the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac – 2014 is the year of the Horse.
Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and in pre-modern times it would signal to farmers in China that they must begin preparation for the sowing of their fields.
Chinese New Year celebration lasted 15 days and end by Chap Goh Mei.
Chap Goh Mei (the 15th Day of
Chinese New Year), is still an important time for families to gather
together again to end the Chinese New Year celebrations with a meal
and more fireworks.
Chinese New Year is an annual celebration marking the start of the new year according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Chinese New Year always falls in the months of January or February, and each Chinese New Year is represented by 1 of the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac.
Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, and in pre-modern times it would signal to farmers in China that they must begin preparation for the sowing of their fields.
|Animal||Branch||Chinese New Year dates|
|鼠 Shǔ Rat||子 Zǐ||19 February 1996||7 February 2008||25 January 2020|
|牛 Niú Ox||丑 Chǒu||7 February 1997||26 January 2009||12 February 2021|
|虎 Hǔ Tiger||寅 Yín||28 January 1998||14 February 2010||1 February 2022|
|兔 Tù Rabbit||卯 Mǎo||16 February 1999||3 February 2011||22 January 2023|
|龍 Lóng Dragon||辰 Chén||5 February 2000||23 January 2012||10 February 2024|
|蛇 Shé Snake||巳 Sì||24 January 2001||10 February 2013||29 January 2025|
|馬 Mǎ Horse||午 Wǔ||12 February 2002||31 January 2014||17 February 2026|
|羊 Yáng Goat||未 Wèi||1 February 2003||19 February 2015||6 February 2027|
|猴 Hóu Monkey||申 Shēn||22 January 2004||8 February 2016||26 January 2028|
|雞 Jī Rooster||酉 Yǒu||9 February 2005||28 January 2017||13 February 2029|
|狗 Gǒu Dog||戌 Xū||29 January 2006||16 February 2018||3 February 2030|
|豬 Zhū Pig||亥 Hài||18 February 2007||5 February 2019||23 February 2031|
CHINESE NEW YEAR IN TAWAU
步步高昇 Onward and upward
財路興旺 Thriving Source of wealth
東成西就 Success in multi achievements
成就理想 Great Accomplishments
美麗健康 Beautiful and healthy
相親相愛 Loving each other
增福增慧 Increasing in Blessing and Wisdom
圓滿幸福 Satisfactorily and happiness
Lion dance involve two dancers – one positioned at the front to steer the head and the other one behind to control the body area. Both dancers will move in a motion imitating a lion in accordance to the beating of drums and the clashing of cymbals.
Lion is believed to be the custodian or protector in many of the Chinese traditions, the Dance of Lion is very popular and is regarded as the ancestral dance among the Chinese dating way back to a thousand years ago.
Lion dance normally signifies the surrounding environment. Thus, such dance is normally performed as a ritual to remove bad or evil spirits and at the same time, for blessing and luck.
Onlookers crowded around the lion dance troupes to enjoy the spectacular shows.
Accompanied by the thunderous roar of drums and cymbals, the two lions amazed the audience with their showmanship and acrobatic movements.
During the show, the God of Prosperity was also seen handing out sweets to guests. The handing over of offerings consisting of lettuce leaves, mandarin oranges and pomelo was the final act.
The burning of special joss sticks for prosperity.
Photo shows a Lion Dance Troupe leader praying with joss sticks in the temple for blessing, protection and prosperity.
Dragon Dance in Chicago 2010
|Dragon Dance in New York 2007||Dragon Dance in Kuala Lumpur 2009|