Pattaya Daily News

30 January 2007 :: 09:01:03 am 25993

Chinese New Year celebrations for The Year of the Pig

At a meeting held on 26th January, the Assistant of the Committee of Pattaya Walking Street, Mr. Soonthorn Kungsirikul and Mr Rohnnakit Akegasing, the Director of the Chinese New Year Celebrations were accorded the honour of organising events for the Year Of The Pig, due to commence from 16th to 18th February 2007.
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The event was essentially organised to both preserve Chinese cultural traditions and to allow Thais and foreigners to become familiar with the richness of the Chinese heritage. Chinese New Year celebrations last for 15 days, starting with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ending on the full moon of that month.

 

Parades in honour of this event will be:

 

  1. a walking tour of Pattaya city from Coral Island to Bali Hai Pier. There will also be a three day and night exhibition of cultural artefacts from eight Chinese states;

 

  1. Pattaya Students will hold a parade in which baskets are filled with gold, symbolic of many Chinese expatriates’ fortunes when they came to Thailand.;

 

  1. students will also hold a parade honouring Chinese ancestral gods and spirits who are requested to bestow blessings and good luck for the following year upon their followers;

 

  1. there will also be parade to celebrate the Anniversary of His Majesty the King’s sixtieth year upon the throne;

 

  1. on the three evenings, there will be a concert featuring the string bands – Pancake and So Cool and also a series of eating competitions to see who can consume the most Chinese food.

 

  1. a troupe from the Republic of China will also stage a parade displaying dragons, lions and other Chinese symbolic animals.

 

 

Background to the Chinese New Year.

 

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, especially, are celebrated as a domestic affair, and are times of reunion and thanksgiving for the family. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honour of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors.

 

The sacrifice to the ancestors, the most crucial of all the rituals according to Chinese traditions, unites the living members with those who have died. Departed relatives are accorded great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the future fortune and glory of the family.

 

The presence of the ancestors is acknowledged on New Year’s Eve with a dinner arranged for them at the family banquet table. The spirits of the ancestors, together with the living, celebrate the onset of the New Year as one great community. The communal feast is called “Surrounding the Stove” or weilu. It symbolizes family unity and honours the past and present generations.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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