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Celebrate New Year in Eastern!

December 30 2009

In the East there is a lot of interesting Christmas traditions associated with the desire of happiness, updating, and a farewell to the past. The Chinese, for example, do a thorough cleaning - throw in the trash all previous failures with rubbish, and also give the names of dishes on the table: "Success," "Luck," "Health," "Love," "Happiness," "Wealth". ..

On the eastern calendar New Year does not begin on January 1, as in European countries and later. The official beginning of the celebration falls on the 20 th day of the twelfth month. In 2010, for example, it will happen on February 14. And lovers of oriental exoticism will celebrate New Year again.

In the East, preparing for the Lunar New Year begins several months before its occurrence. The hosts get rid of junk and old clothes, buy new things. On the eve of the holiday to do a thorough cleaning - that is thrown out all the previous failures. Do not forget to pay all bills and distribute the debt - that you are not inconvenienced by the new burden of the past year commitment!

In China New Year's Eve decided to launch fireworks. This is due to a very ancient custom. According to legend, once lived a monster named Nian, which the New Year enters houses and abducting people, then to eat them. Long time residents of the ancient Chinese could not find him council. But then learned that the monster is afraid of red color, fire and loud noises. Then they began to scare off his bright flashing crackers. Thus were born fireworks that lit the Chinese right at home.

To appease the deities that protect the home, doors of houses decorated with pictures and poems, incantations written on red paper lanterns are lit. Open wide the doors and windows so as not to interfere with out the old year.

And yet - in the New Year's Day can not wash my hair - and then smoesh luck!

In Korea celebration is accompanied by eating nuts and sweets. For the first day of every year there are special signs that are dependent on the patron saint of the year.

So, the first day of the Tiger can not leave the house, not to be eaten by the Tiger, the first day, the snakes can not comb your hair, but on the first day of the year Hear all the housework should be done only by men.

The Japanese there are interesting traditions connected with Christmas decorations and gifts. For example, kusudama - ball, consisting of several elements, which can be used as pendants, as well as to store dried herbs. His hung over the bed patient. It is believed that he could be charged cosmic energy and the beneficial effect on people.

Produce a bulb at home is difficult. But if you manage to somewhere to buy it, without thinking hang on the tree!

Can refer to the ancient art of origami. The process of folding paper figures for the residents of ancient Japan was one of the ways to communicate with the deities. Each fold is something expressed: reverence, desire, plea ...

There were many rules of folding origami: the paper could not breathe, the paper should have a certain color, and motion carried in a particular direction ...

You are free to make a paper Christmas decorations "in Japanese." Stock up on a shiny colored paper and reference book on origami.Start with simple shapes - stars or snowflakes. Gradually, you learn how to add more sophisticated options.

The art of origami can be used in the decoration of the table. Figures from the tissues, such as flowers or small animals - it's so funny and unusual, and certainly will please your guests!

As for gifts, then Japan should be sure to give a package, the packaging they must be right to left or put in a box. There are many forms of gift boxes: standard square, in the form of stars, a matchbox or entirely original form - there are such varieties as Sunbeam, dzunako and others - all will not list.

Packages tied up with white-red ribbon. Also, gifts can be decorated with paper roses or stars origami.

On New Year's midnight bells at Buddhist temples beat 108 times - this corresponds to the number of worries, burdening human life. According to legend, with each stroke of their becoming less ... It would be good and we learn from this good tradition!

Dariya Lyubimskaya

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