New Year’s Eve: a comparison between China and Brazil.
Raif Remígio Alves
SBA, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China.
A moment to calm, review the contents of the past, to establish in the present and generate power to carry the future. Thus it is that most people around the world celebrate the new year, regardless of their country of origin, culture or financial condition. The New Year is always celebrated with much joy, peace and prosperity wishes for the year to come. For most nations, the New Year is celebrated at the turn of the 31st of December to 01 January, according to the Gregorian calendar. In China, the New Year is celebrated according to the lunar calendar. The New Year, also known as New Year's Eve in Brazil (term derived from the French word réveiller, which means waking), is traditionally celebrated the passage Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 in most countries.
According to Percilia (2008) on the 23rd day of the last lunar month, they offer food to God's Kitchen, which they say is responsible for family prosperity. Also tend to stick to doors and windows of houses with red paper saying bode well for gold, the Tao Fu, to attract good fluids and protect those who live there. Red and gold are the official colors of the day, according to the Chinese, they are responsible for bringing good luck to those who wear them, especially in new clothes. As in Western New Year celebration, Chinese consume gather in family and produce a plentiful table the night before Chinese New Year. When the clock strikes midnight, everyone eats a cooked Chinese dumpling (known by Westerners as guioza). The word jiaozi has almost the same pronunciation jiao zi and in Portuguese "find" and "Time", respectively. The custom of eating this kind of Chinese ravioli at midnight in Chinese is described as "sui geng jiao zi" (replacement for the hours of the year zizheng). That's why the food at the turn of...
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