Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and merrymaking. Family reunion feasts and open houses are a common feature and children receive ang pows or little red money packets from the elders. Chinese New Year is a very important festival for Chinese in Malaysia and it is celebrated with great excitement and fireworks. Chinese New Year day is being celebrated on the occasion of the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is regarded as the most important festival for all Chinese friends, from all over the world. Don’t miss the exciting lion and dragon dance performances at shopping malls and homes!
This year Chinese New Year celebration falls on 23rd January 2012 and it is usually last for 15 days. With almost 30% Chinese population in Malaysia, the Chinese New Year in Malaysia displays important aspects of Chinese rituals and tradition. The history of this Chinese New Year celebration dating back to over a thousand years, every Chinese family in Malaysia is decorated with red carpets and Chinese lanterns. As legend goes, to ward off evil spirits in pre historical China, firecrackers had been exploded throughout the night. Honoring this myth, the night sky of Malaysia during the Chinese New Year celebration, literally lights up with hundreds of firecrackers bursting constantly.
Some of the major attractions of the Chinese New Year in Malaysia are fireworks and lion dances. On this Chinese New Year day, red papers are pasted on both sides of houses. These red papers contain Chinese characters, that show wealth and prosperity. Malaysians give out ang pows (red packet) to the old people and the kids.
They also practice open houses for their relatives and friends, who belong to different ethnic races. The Chinese new year celebrations last for a fortnight but the emphasis is primarily on the first three days. The Chinese New Year in Malaysia celebrations end with Chap Goh Mei on the last day, which is on 15th day of the Chinese New Year festival.