Traditionally for the Chinese, New Year was the most important festival on the calendar. Unlike our New Year festivities, Chinese New Year also known as the spring festivals is one of the largest celebration and event in China. This tradition has been called since the 20th century. According to Chinese calendar, the holiday was a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. Chinese New Year means an unlimited of entertainment. It’s a celebration filled with glittering performance, bright decorations, live music and dance performances at every turn.
Chinese people believe that a good start to the year will lead a good luck through the whole year. According to the Chinese tradition, normally this is the time for family reunion dinner especially for those which their family members were away from home. It’s a time to bring family together for feasting. As time goes by, the modern Chinese continues to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year by visiting the Chinese temples and decorating it beautifully with red decorations.
WHAT DO THE PEOPLE DO DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR?
In preparation for the holiday, homes were thoroughly cleaned to rid them of “huiqi,” or inauspicious breaths, which might have collected during the old year. Cleaning was also meant to appease the gods who would be coming down from heaven to make inspections. Ritual sacrifices of food and paper icons were offered to gods and ancestors. People posted scrolls printed with lucky messages on household gates and set off firecrackers to frighten evil spirits while the elders gave out money to children. In fact, many of the rites carried out during this period were meant to bring good luck to the household and long life to the family–particularly to the parents. On New Year’s Eve, the extended family would join around the table for a meal that included as the last course a fish that was symbolic of abundance and therefore not meant to be eaten. In the first five days of the New Year, people ate long noodles to symbolize long life. On the 15th and final day of the New Year, round dumplings shaped like the full moon were shared as a sign of the family unit and of perfection.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION IN BALI
Bali is like a magnet for tourists. So many gorgeous Chinese temples around and the temples are not only beautiful but they open for visitors. Whether you are living or visiting Bali during holiday, Bali is celebrating it. As a tribute to the welcoming multiculturalism of the island of Bali, the Chinese temple will be beautifully decorated and visitors will lucky enough as they witness spectacular parades and dancing performances. Red Chinese lampions, enchanting traditional Chinese dance performances and fireworks await you. Get into the festive spirit with traditional blessings, spectacular firecrackers and delicious Chinese delicacies will be in. Get your lunar in style to welcome the year of the dog. On Chinese New Year’s celebration, the New Year’s Eve dinner is commonly believed to be the most important meal of the year. As usual, the celebration will be loud and colorful with many decorations and dragons dancing parade where everyone is welcome to join. When you plan to hold a celebration of Chinese New Year, INAYA Putri Bali invites you to welcome the year of dog with a variety of activities and our hotel’s happenings that you won’t to miss out. INAYA Putri Bali will invite you to spend a meaningful and heartwarming time for this coming Chinese New Year and enjoy delectable festive delicacies prepared by our talented Chef for your memorable and abundant start to the New Year. There will also be an enchanting traditional Barongsai and Dragons dance performance to mark the auspicious occasion. Live cooking stations at the buffet will offer an array of Chinese delights and Asian BBQ for guests to enjoy.