GUNG HEI FAT CHOY
Today may be just another ordinary Thursday to you, but to millions of people all over the world, today is the day for the party of the year. The Lunar New Year falls on the 19th of February 2015, which happens to be today, so we decided to look back on our Lunar New Year inspired issue of Enfants Terribles Magazine which played with this visually, immensely inspiring, traditonal Chinese celebration also referred to as The Spring Festival or Chinese New Year.
In the following you'll get a quick introduction to this festive tradition. Maybe you'll feel inspired to play a long with us and create your own celebration of the wonderful new year, full of new oppurtunities.
Gung Hei Fat Choy恭喜發財
Is what you say to eachother when wishing Happy Chinese New Year. Loosely translated it means something in the likes of : Congratulations/Good luck/may fortune come your way.
Lunar New Year is a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks and gift-giving. It lasts for 15 days and begins on the first day of a new moon. In 2015, Chinese New Year is celebrated today February 19th and we are now entering the Year of the Goat.
SPRING IS COMING
Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival because it marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring in the Chinese calendar. Families springclean their homes from top to bottom, washing the windows, cleaning out the bad luck and misfortune before the New Year starts. It is also custom to decorate the house with sprigs of tiny, pink blossoms symbolizes rebirth and reminds us that without blooms, there would be no fruit.
SCARE THE EVIL SPIRITS AWAY
Ancient Chinese legends tell of the Nian, a man-eating beast from the mountains which came out every winter to feast on humans. To scare the Nian away, the people used loud noises such as firecrackers and fireworks, and bright colours, particularly red, which is used for decorations all over the house. The colour red is said to have the power to ward of Evil, it represents power, happiness, vitality. The use of gold represents wealth and good fortune.
GET GOOD LUCK
Spring blossoms, bamboo and fresh fruits are also used for decoration and offerings at the family altar, as they are a sign of good luck, fruitfullness and fertility. The pink blossoms symbolize rebirth and reminds us that without blooms, there would be no fruit.
DANCE WITH DRAGONS
The dragon is a symbol of strength, goodness, good luck and supernatural forces. The dragon dance has the purpose of scaring off bad and evil spirits. The same goes for firecrackers and sparklers.
CHOCOLATES AND GOLD
Children receive good luck money in little red enveloppes. Sometimes also chocolate coins.
In making this particular issue we gave loose to our inner child and set of in a marvellous hunt for colour and adventure around the city of Copenhagen. We we're looking for signs of East Asian culture in all the places we could think of. With the girls in hand, we visited restaurants, shops, museums and supermarkets to discover and learn. The result of our travel is for you to discover in the Lunar New Year issue. We're telling the tale of childplay, treasurehunt and travel all within our own city and you can do it too. At least we hope that this issue will make you want to
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR
Photo: Céline Hallas
Photo: Søs Uldall-Ekman