The dragon dance is a ceremony performed to scare off evil spirits and bad luck
In western countries dragons are associated to scary monsters. In China dragons are positive creatures able to scare off evil spirits and bad luck. The scenographic long paper-wood dragons parading during the celebrations are manipulated by expert performers who will move the dragon to chase away the evil spirits following powerful drums rythmes.
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is called “Guo Nian” (chasing Nian) in China
According to a Chinese legend, Nian is the name of a beast which lived in the sea and came to the earth to eat human beings every year on the New Year Day. In order to scare the beast away, human beings found an effective method by making loud fire cracks, decorating the houses in red and wearing red clothes etc.
The traditional celebration officially takes place over 15 days, always between end of January and mid of February. It starts with New Year Eve when all the family members reunite and ends with lantern festival when they eat dumplings and light the lanterns in the shape of rabbit. In modern life, Chinese people celebrate the festival within 7 days.
In 2018 Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year on Friday, February 16th
Indeed, the date of the Chinese New Year changes every year because it is based on the moon-solar calendar. This year 2018, the Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year on Friday, February 16th. The year of the rooster will then end and give way to the year of the dog.
In Chinese astrology, the dog’s natives are “honest and loyal, kind and cautious, and the loyalty and sincerity that characterizes them to do their utmost to help those who are important to them.”
Celebrating Chinese new year in Luxembourg
New year celebrations are very important in China and celebrating the Chinese new year is becoming popular all those countries with large Chinese populations.
In Luxembourg each year the China-Luxembourg Chamber of commerce organises an event to celebrate the new year.
Check their web site for details.