Significant Details About Asian New Years Greetings
In the following article you will get some facts about wishing a happy and prosperous New Year in ancient and modern day China.
Guo Nian Hao expresses Happy New Year in Chinese language. You will receive a lot of this if you are visiting China during the beginning of the year. But if you are visiting China in February you would still get the same greeting and you may be shocked. The reason is that by ancient Chinese custom New Year falls in February beginning as different from what we consider as New Year.
The reason why Chinese celebrate their New Year on different date from ours is because they go according to lunar Calendar. The lunar calendar has a different method of calculation hence their New Year falls on a different date. Chinese people make the New Year celebrations important and a happy occasion with revival of ancient custom and traditions and carry them forward every year.
As soon as the lunar New Year begins in China, people who are strangers will greet you, as this is such a happy occasion for them. Wherever you may go even if it’s a market, you will be wished a Guo Nian Hao by the staff. At this time of festivity the whole nation rises to the occasion.
Conventionally and otherwise the Guo Nian Hao greeting is used to wish everyone for five days after the start of lunar year. After five days you are not supposed to wish a New Year greeting according to the tradition. There are other words which are also used to wish New Year along with Guo Nian Hao.
As it is the beginning of a New Year people are generally hoping and praying for affluence in the year to come, both for themselves as well as others. You will often find people wishing each other congratulations and success which is something along the lines of Gonxi Facai; Hokkien Keong hee huat chye in Chinese.
Another most important thing in Chinese society is a good harvest so the traditional Chinese greeting include some terms to wish plentiful crops in the New Year as a part of Chinese traditional greeting.
During Chinese New Year they use one more form of wishing the best for the coming year with red envelop but it is not verbal greeting. This envelop contains money which is given to the children in hope of keeping the evil things away.
With the coming of modernity the form of New Year greeting is also changing in China. There is no set way of greeting and people wish each other in their own ways. Unlike the ancient times New Year card has become pretty common form of greeting in today’s China.
The influence of Internet has slowly changed the concept of New Year in China and now people send e-card for wishing New Year to one another. As for the government, it wishes the entire population by holding firework display.