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New Year’s Traditions in Asia

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New year is not just always kissing and bursting fireworks, it’s a time to celebrate good luck and ward off bad luck and that’s how its celebrated in Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Most of these countries follow the solar or lunar calendar, the festivals begin in the month of February to April, instead of Jan 1st.   Some cultures also use water gun fights, while others ward off bad vibes with demonic effigies.

Chinese New Year

Once each the busiest cities of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand cone to an immediate standstill and everything goes calm. Anywhere else in the world you may think that the city was under an invasion, but these countries, in can only mean that its Chinese New Year. In these Asian countries, most people move to the cities to get a decent job but it’s during the major festivals like Chinese New Year when all packs their bags and visit to their hometown, leaving the cities almost empty.

Among the three Asian countries, Chinese New Year is very important celebration, not just in these countries but also in other Asian countries. The festival is celebrated on the first day of the new year as per the Lunar calendar. It’s a day of celebration with family reunions and tons of open houses to visit. While the main festival is on the first day, Chinese New Year is celebrated for a time period of 15 days ending with Chap Goh Mei, a small celebration making the festival to end.

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New year is Thailand

You might be wondering how people in Thai celebrate New Year event. On this day, they commemorate the revered Buddha by visiting the monasteries and offer prayers while offering alms to the monks after offering the food they prepared to them.

New year celebration in Thailand is incomplete without the big water battle. Water is a symbol of cleansing and removing all the bad vibes from the past and takes away the bad luck for the whole year ahead.  So, you might be blessed If you get drenched with water.

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