Sunday, January 10, 2010

Oriental New Year Songs And Traditions

By john Chan

Here is a synopsis on how Chinese traditional songs are selected and sung during the season of the Chinese New Year.

The moon's signals indicating that the year is coming to an end and the new one is about to begin excites the Chinese people. As they follow the lunar calendar moon cycles are important to them. New Years never has a full moon night but you could hear people singing traditional songs that are made for the New Year.

The Chinese New Year is taken very positively by the entire country. It is a time when people are ready to bury the past and look into the future with positivity and the hope for prosperity. The festive spirit is high and it seems as though everyone is in their best moods wishing the best for their brothers.

It is no surprise that they have a selection of Chinese New Year songs that have been created for the purpose of celebrating the coming of the New Year. For your information the Chinese New Year is considered as the most important event of the year according to their lunar calendar. And this is not just now, rather the Chinese New Year celebrations have been going on for many years in the same fashion.

With regards to the songs that the Chinese people have composed in order to address the New Year, they are basically termed as an expression of happiness and love. The songs clearly show the affection that the people of China still have for their ancient rituals and their nationalistic spirit and the pride that they take in their country.

The Chinese people are a set of people who love nature and peace even though history states that they have had wars through generations. The fundamental composition of the New Year traditional songs aims to express the nationalistic soul of the Chinese people and sometimes also expresses how they live and what they expect from life.

These traditional New Year songs are sung in admiration of the Chinese people and hence they give a boost to their pride. They love to boast about their rich tradition and heritage. Songs are heard from streets to corners and even from indoors. During this festive time, relatives and friends gather in a particular place and sing hit songs together with high spirit.

The singing and dancing is also accompanied with some costume dressing. Well, the dressing up in costumes may seem queer to anyone from outside the Chinese culture but it is all part of the parcel of Chinese tradition.

The Chinese New Year songs are all time classics and have been handed down the generations with their lyrics and compositions. There are however many modern artists who come up with songs for New Year and perform them at specially arranged concerts. Hence we find that this is yet another Chinese New Year tradition that the Chinese are firm on maintaining.

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