Today, the February 14, 2010 is Chinese New Year day. Gulabi Nagar Vichar Manch organized a forum discussion on this topic Chinese New Year today.
Yashwant Golechha, chief speaker told that Chinese have twelve year cycles of time named on different animals. This year is referred as Tiger year in China. Chinese calendar is a lunar calendar whereas English or Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. Therefore, Chinese New year days vary in different years in Gregorian calendar. Chinese people will celebrate fifteen days long New Year festival in traditional way. Most of the business, industries even government offices will be kept close during these days for eight days.
Jyoti Kothari told that there are lot of similarities between India and China. Chinese sweep clean their houses in hope of sweeping out ill luck and incoming good fortune just like Indians do in Diwali. He also told that Chinese people eat vegetarian food on the first and eighth days of the ceremony. They have a twelve year cycle as Indians have 30 years cycle in their Samvatsar calendars.
Ashok Barhat, Rampal Pareek, Mamta Kothari and Mirza Habib Baig "Paras" also participated in the discussion.
Narendra Shekhawat has presided over the meeting. Jyoti Kothari conducted the forum discussion and Pradip Chouhan offered vote of thanks. The meeting came to an end with observing two minutes silence to pay condolence to the victims of Pune bomb blast last night.
Chinese New Year and India
Indian New Year