How celebrate New year in Asia

Agree that New year is one of the favorite holidays of the majority. To him are beginning to prepare for almost a month. On the new year night, as if in unison hostess cut products for traditional salad "Olivier", decorate the Christmas tree, think the outfit in accordance with recommendations of what is necessary to meet this amazing, magical and sparkling holiday.

And if our European tradition quite similar, in Asia, for example, the New year is celebrated quite differently. And the celebration itself takes place not in the night of December 31 and...spring! For us Europeans this is a unique opportunity to celebrate the New year twice. First, according to our canons, and then Asia.

So, if you was in April in Thailand...

Сонгкран

Songkran is Thai New year celebrated from April 13 to April 19. The start date of the new year is related to ancient Indian astrological calendar. Once on the street at this time, don't be surprised if the passing locals will wash over you from head to toe with water. Yes, Yes, water. And it may be a water gun, bucket, Cup, anything, if only you were wet to the skin. Local and each other soundly watered with life-giving moisture. The streets is just an Orgy. A lot of people, laughter, running, adults, like children, running into each other, trying to pour water.

What kind of tradition is this and why in the New year it is necessary to pour? The fact that Songkran from Sanskrit translates as "transition". Ends the hot season in Thailand and the rainy season begins, which will last until October. That is, the pouring water is a kind of appeal to beginning of the rainy season. In addition, water is known, has the property of cleansing. Thais, as if to wash off all the negativity, all figuratively speaking of the dirt that had accumulated over a year. You can still cover with talc or clay. It is believed that the talc repels dirt, so it's kind of is also a cleansing.

As in Thailand, practiced Buddhism, and the Buddha figure be sure to wash with water, preferably with the petals of Jasmine and roses. In the morning all the monks gather in public places, temples, and the locals bring them alms.

But if you manage to come to Bali in March...

Монстры на Бали

Then you become a member of the Indonesian celebration of the New year – Nyepi. Celebrated the triumph for five days. And the exact date when the Balinese celebrate Nyepi, no. This must be the first day of the lunar calendar Tsakayev. For example, in 2012, it met on March 5, 2013 March 12, and in 2014, Nyepi will fall on March 31.

The main feature of this festival is the "day of silence" when everything freezes, nothing works, the city is like dying. According to legends of local residents, this day on the island come the evil spirits that can take your soul if you see on the street. So everyone should sit at home, close Windows, doors, not to light a fire, not to make noise. The spirits will see that no one, and go home. This day is not working absolutely nothing. Tourists at this time usually leave for the neighboring Islands (e.g., Lombok, Gili or Komodo), where it is not prevalent this tradition in Bali.

A couple of days before the "day of silence" to perform rites of purification. They also, like in Thailand are associated with water. Figures of deities are washed. The islanders are massively to ponds, ocean and allowed the waves a kind of offering to the spirits, made of palm leaves and flowers.

Along the road put up a huge figure of a monster made of papier-mache. Sometimes you wonder just how turbulent the author's imagination. Just imagine: a three-meter was an angry woman painted in pink color, from which hangs four of the chest, the head develops black tousled hair, and his mouth stuck a huge fangs. God forbid, such a dream dream! Then, fortunately these monsters burn in the square.

On the eve of the "day of silence" on the contrary, the Balinese day of noise. Create uproar and merriment, thus banishing evil spirits.

After the "day of silence" islanders go, finally, of the houses and go to each other's homes, asking for forgiveness for all the bad things that happened this year. Like our Christian forgiveness Sunday.

New year in India...

In this country the day of this celebration depends on the geographic location of the province. For example, in Tamil Nadu New year is celebrated on 14 April, and in Kashmir it is celebrated on March 10. The celebration itself is like the traditions of Thailand and Bali. In India also burning effigies or decorated trees. But on the streets it is customary to cover each other with talcum powder and paint.

The streets decorated with orange flags, the locals uveshivat themselves with flowers. The spectacle is really very catchy and bright. At this time is to come to India to know closer the culture and traditions of this nation.

Race on elephants in Sri Lanka...

This exotic and amazing island national New year Avurudu say 13 or 14 April. At this time the local people sanctify their homes, banishing evil spirits. On the streets organize mass events such as the race on elephants. The islanders on the power beat drums, to exorcise the demons from the island, everywhere you can feel the atmosphere of unity, one spirit, fun and positivity.

By the way, Sri Lankans, as we Europeans in the New year's eve wash to Shine the apartment to celebrate the new year with a clean home. And remember, one of my favorite Russian films "Irony of fate or with light steam", when the protagonist in the tradition before the New year went to the bath?! So, the islanders before new year's eve taking herbal bath to celebrate the year with a clean body.

Just like the Balinese, in Sri Lanka there is a period of a few hours, when it is also customary to keep quiet. You cannot take a bath, work, noisy. This time is devoted to meditation and reconsideration of life.

Christmas table with the Sri Lankans crowded, usually sweets, even meat cooked with sweet sauce.

Vietnamese tradition...

Фейерверк во время Тет

To celebrate the New year according to the Vietnamese traditions, should come to this country at the end of January. In 2014, the celebration will fall on January 31 and last year I celebrated the New year on February 10. Dates constantly shifted and depend on the lunar calendar.

This holiday is called Tet Nguyen and is celebrated for 4 days.

Houses and streets are decorated with branches of an apricot tree, or tangerine – is traditionally, as we have a Christmas tree. There is a colorful procession. The holiday is celebrated with the entire scale, rapidly and fun. A particularly impressive sight at night, when bonfires are lit up, treated to local cuisine and enjoying yourself.

A good sign is considered the Vietnamese to celebrate new year's eve in company with the elder, who was more than 70 years. The traditional gifts that adults give their children, considered as not strange, not toys or sweets, and money. But they must be new and Packed in the red bags.

Don't be surprised when you see men dressed during Theta in black clothes that we associate with mourning. In this color in Vietnam , it is customary to celebrate the New year. Women, in turn, clothed in red and yellow clothes.


To participate in the traditions of other countries and peoples is always interesting. To know their culture, customs, to join their life full of bright colors, sometimes surprisingly incompatible with our traditions. And the New year, as well as possible unites all peoples and Nations. During this holiday destroyed the territorial and religious boundaries, all are equal, because, first of all we are all human beings...


Author: Anna Melnikova

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