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Live about the Chinese New Year


On the very first day of the Chinese New Year (Feb 1st, 2022), Confucius Institute for Business at Matej Bel University (CIB at UMB) co-hosted an online talking program with the State Scientific Library at Banska Bystrica (SVKBB) to introduce and celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

Tradition and Celebration

In the program, we talked some major tradition and celebration, such as, the Minor New Year with dust sweeping, sacrifice to the kitchen god, and the sticky candies; Spring couplets, "fu" (blessings) and other decoration on doors, windows and walls; the New Year Eve's dinner; Midnight countdown; New Year gifts, such as red envelops; New Year Gala on TV; New Year calls and greetings. Obviously, there are much to be said and they cannot be squeezed into this one-hour program.

The Spring Festival is intended for  reunion, celebration, auspices and happiness. Naturally, there are forbidden grounds, for example: avoid unlucky words (illness, death, poverty, ghosts, etc.);  avoid getting a haircut within the first lunar month; avoid giving gifts like shoes, clocks, umbralles, pears, chrysanthemums, candles. Surely, these stereotyped customs are just for the sake of good luck and auspices. 

Chinese Dumplings

Dumplings play an important part for the New Year's feast. Chinese dumplings (Jiaozi) are quite different from the Slovak dumplings. CIB at UMB and SVKBB shot a video program as to how to make the Chinese dumplings. We've prepared three different fillings for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians so that the local people can have a try at home and have their own home-made Jiaozi.

Here is the link of the program: Čínsky nový rok - varenie tradičných taštičiek "jiaozi". Predstavenie zvykov a zaujímavostí. - YouTube


Happy New Year! 

Wish you all the best in the Year of the Tiger.