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Happy Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day  

by on Saturday, 13 February 2010One Comment | 165 views

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Chinese New Year will be coming up on 14th February 2010, which is the same day as Valentine’s Day Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the New Year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th days called the Lantern Festival which is celebrated at night with the lantern displays and children carrying lantern in a parade. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Earth and Heaven, the gods of the household and the family ancestors. The sacrifice of the ancestors, the most vital of all the rituals, united the living members with those who passed away. Departed relatives are remembered with the great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family. The presence of the ancestors is acknowledged on New Year’s Eve with dinner arrange for them and banquet table. The spirits of the ancestors, together with the living, celebrate the onset of the New Year as one great community. The communal feast called “surrounding the stive”or weilu . It symbolizes family’s unity and honors the past and present generations.

Meanwhile, every 14th February, all the countries candies, flowers, chocolates and gifts are exchanged between love ones, all in the name of Saint Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?

There is varying opinion as to the origin of Valentine’s Day. Some experts state that it was originated from Saint Valentine, a roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A. D, the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine”. The other story said that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D pope Gelasius set aside 14 February to honor St. Valentine Gradually, 14 February became the date for exchanging love message and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers or chocolates.

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