Traditional Festivals(1):Spring Festival

当春天快来的时候,中国迎来了新的一年–春节。在中国,春节是一年中的第一个传统佳节,它有着悠久的历史和丰富的文化。对中国人来说,这是一个最盛大的节日。春节不仅限于一天,而是持续半个月以上,一般要到正月十五闹完元宵才告一段落。
When spring is coming,China ring in the new year–Spring Festival.Spring Festival is the first traditional festival in the year of China,whice has thousands of years and the richest culture.It is the biggest festival to Chinese people. This festival is not limited to one day, but continued for more than two weeks until the Lantern Festival,January 15 on the lunar calendar.
春节前夜叫做“除夕”,是家人团聚的重要时刻。一家人聚在一起,吃一顿丰富的年夜饭后,娱乐守夜迎春。守岁,就是在旧年的最后一天夜里不睡觉,熬夜迎接新一年的到来。除夕零点钟声一响,人们还要吃饺子,表达了“新年发大财,元宝滚进来”的美好心愿。孩子们特别喜欢过年,因为他们能在除夕之夜领到长辈给的压岁钱,表示平平安安过新的一年。
The eve before spring festival is called New Year’s Eve,that is an important time whice a whole family get together.The family have a rich dinner,then play games all night to wait for new year’s coming.People often do not sleep on the last day of year and stay up to welcome the new year.We call it pernoctating.When the bell ring at the middle night of New Year’s Eve,people also have dumplings to express wishes for getting more money in the new.Children is enjoying the day who will be given some bills from betters to express they will live well in the new year.
过了除夕就是大年初一。从初一开始,人们要走亲戚、看朋友,互相拜年。拜年,是春节的重要习俗,是人们相互表达美好祝愿的一种方式。另外还有贴春联的习俗,象征喜气吉祥的红纸上写对联,贴在门窗两边,表达人们祈求来年福运的美好心愿。放爆竹是春节期间孩子们最喜欢的活动,阵阵烟花,声声爆竹,给节日增添热闹喜庆的气氛。当然各个地方都有当地的文娱活动,比如狮子舞、龙灯舞等。
New Year’s Day follow New Year’s Eve.At the begining of New Year’s Day,people visit relatives and friends to wish they a Happy New Year.Visiting is one of the impotant custom,whice people express wishes each other.Another custom is to stick Spring Festival Couplets on the edge of door or window.That couplet is written in red paper,whice means good luck and happiness.To children,firework is the most exciting part that make the day more lively.Certainly,each place has its local activities,like Lion Dance or Dragon Dance.

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