Chinese New Year is a big day for ethnic Chinese around the world, without exception based on the Suryacandra calendar system.
Imlek is an ethnic Chinese new year celebration based on the Suryacandra calendar system. Unlike the Hijriyah and Gregorian calendars, the Suryacandra calendar combines the calculations of the moon around the earth and the earth around the sun. Chinese New Year is a big day for ethnic Chinese all over the world, without exception.
Like Christmas and Eid Al-Fitr, Chinese New Year is a gathering moment for family members and distant relatives. Every Chinese New Year's Eve, there will be a group meal at the parents house with a special menu, such as rice cakes, fish and uncut noodles as a sign of good luck. The menu on the table must be eight.
Indonesia commemorates Chinese New Year with only one day off. Meanwhile, China, the ancestral land of the Chinese, celebrated it for 15 days. The highlight is the Lantern Festival, where residents will put up lanterns and lanterns outside their homes and streets. Also known as the Little New Year before eating together on Chinese New Year.
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Chinese New Year Always Rain
Apart from the dominance of red, lanterns and angpao, Chinese New Year is also synonymous with rain. It is almost certain that every Chinese New Year celebration always rains. This is because in the Suryacandra calendar, Chinese New Year falls in the months of January-February, which is the peak of the rainy season in a number of tropical regions such as Indonesia.
Rain is a sign of good luck in Chinese beliefs, a symbol of life, career and business. The intensity of the rainfall is the perimeter of luck you will get, the heavier the luck. For Chinese ethnic groups, this belief is deeply ingrained, no rain is bad luck.
Zodiac and Element
In the Chinese calendar system, each year is represented by the zodiac animal called zodiac. There are 12 zodiac animals, namely Rat, Buffalo, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Chicken, Dog, and finally Pig. These animals are associated with power, loyalty, wisdom and charisma. Besides zodiac, there are also elements and yin yang.
Each year is also associated with one of the elements in Chinese astrology, namely wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These elements rotate every two years. While the yin yang relationship changes every year. So that for 2021, the Suryacandra calendar includes the Metal Buffalo year. That said, the year of birth affects personality.
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Once Banned in China
In 1949, the Communist Party under Mao Zedong once banned Chinese New Year celebrations because they were considered religious, feudal, and superstitious. During the Cultural Revolution period (1966-1976), various distinctive Chinese attributes such as lions and dragons were prohibited. However, in the period of economic liberalization, the Chinese New Year was again celebrated in a big way.
Indonesia set Imlek as a holiday during President Gus Dur's era. This was done in conjunction with the recognition of the Confucian religion as one of the national religions in Indonesia. Even so, Chinese New Year celebrations are carried out by all ethnic Chinese, regardless of religion. Imlek has incarnated not only a religious ritual, but also an ethnic ritual.
Source – 2021-02-11 04:20:14