Can we be without the alive atmosphere to spend the Chinese New Year? Every family is hanging the big red lanterns, sticking the joyous spring festival scrolls on the doors, while the parents and children strolling around the streets to greet others for the new coming years… With the development of the times, the modern Chinese New Year becomes not so popular little by little. It seems that only in the old streets can we forget the modern urban fickleness, and go back to the former times with pure spring festival feeling. In the following, let us visit City God Temple of Shanghai (Chenghuang miao in Shanghai,) and experience more custom activities!
The spring festival is with thousands of years histories in China. The celebration of the lunar calendar is still powerful nonstop every year. At that time, all the people get together to watch the lanterns outside. City God temple of Shanghai (Shanghai Chenghuang miao) and Yuyuan Garden are also the activity center. The pavilions are all with colorful lanterns, lighting outdoor and indoor. On the top of the faked mountain in the garden, the fireworks set off, more attracting.
During the lantern festival, except for watching the lanterns, what we can enjoy is the special atmosphere. The lantern festival night is noisy until the deep night. Everyone starts to go home slowly after the lanterns burn out. There is one saying that, that day is the day the stove god coming back, so it’s time to go home for receiving this stove god.
The beauty of spring festival evening is the sunset. At night, every family members gather together at home, even the one far away from home, also will try to come back home to spend the spring festival evening together. Everyone sits down together under the light, having the spring festival dinner together, eating, drinking and laughing. The time for this dinner will be longer. This is the moment for everyone to enjoy happily around the year, so-called “family happiness”.
The Chinese New Year comes after this night, therefore many family elders will not go to bed after the spring festival dinner, but stay aside the stove. They are talking, laughing and eating the snacks. No one will feel the night to be longer. At the midnight, some people will strive to burn the incense in the city temple. In the coming morning, the celebration of the whole year spring festival ends at this time.