Eight Gifts You Can Give of Yourself 8份可以送給自己的新年禮物
During this most pleasant holiday, sending gifts to our family, friends or colleagues seems to be a very important holiday activity. However, choosing a proper gift isn’t an easy job. In today’s program, I would like to recommend 8 gifts that you can give of yourself.
The Gift of Listening 傾聽的禮物
You must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.
The Gift of Compliment 贊美的禮物
A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” or “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.
The Gift of Affection 關愛的禮物
Be generous with appropriate hugs, ki sses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the ove you have for family and friends.
慷慨地，適當地給予你的擁抱， 親吻，拍拍后背，握握手。 讓這些微小的行動表現出你對家人及朋友的關愛。
The Gift of Cheerful Disposition 愉快的禮物
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.
The Gift of Laughter 歡笑的禮物
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”
剪一些卡通畫 一起分享令人發笑的故事。 這種禮物傳遞著： “我喜歡和你一起歡笑”。
The Gift of a Favor 助人為樂的禮物
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.
The Gift of A Written Note 小紙條的禮物
It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for
a lifetime, and may even change a life
The Gift of Solitude 獨處的禮物
There are times when we want nothing more than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)
Chinese Spring Festival, also called Lunar New Year, has more than 4,000 years of history. Being one of the traditional Chinese festivals, it is the grandest and the most important festival for Chinese people. It is also the time for the whole families to get together, which is similar with Christmas Day to the westerners. Originating during the Shang Dynasty (about 17th – 11th century BC), Spring Festival, which celebrates family reunion, is full of rich and colorful activities, and hopes with the advent of spring and flowers blossoming. People from different regions and different ethnic groups celebrate it in their unique ways.
It comes on the first day of Chinese lunar calendar and lasts for almost half of a month. But in folk custom, this traditional holiday lasts from the 23rd day of the twelfth month to the 15th day of the first month (Lantern Festival) in the lunar calendar. Among these days, the New Year’s Eve and the first day of the New Year is the peak time. The exact days are different in every year according to the lunar calendar. Schedule of Spring Festival in recent years is offered in the following table.
It is said that the custom of Spring Festival started in when people offered sacrifice to ancestors in the last month of Chinese lunar calendar. At that time, people prepared the sacrifice by doing thorough cleaning, having bathes and so on. Later, people began to worship different deities as well on that day. It is the time that almost all the farm works were done and people have free time. The sacrificing time changed according to the farming schedule and was not fixed until the Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD). The customs of worshipping deities and ancestors remains even though the ceremonies are not as grand as before. It is also the time that spring is coming, so people held all kinds of ceremonies to welcome it.
There are many legends about Spring Festival in Chinese culture. In folk culture, it is also called “guonian” (meaning “passing a year”). It is said that the “nian” (year) was a strong monster which was fierce and cruel and ate one kind of animal including human being a day. Human beings were scared about it and had to hide on the evening when the “nian” came out. Later, people found that “nian” was very scared about the red color and fireworks. So after that, people use red color and fireworks or firecrackers to drive away “nian”. As a result, the custom of using red color and setting off fireworks remains.
Chinese Spring Festival celebrating the end of winter and the warmth of spring.It began in the last day of the lunar year,end in the 15th day of lunar New Year,also is the Lantern Festival.During the Spring Festival,people use red lantern and Spring Festival couplets decorate a house,put on all kinds of colored clothes,often visit friends and relatives or together eat dumplings,fish,meat and other delicious food.The children are looking forward to receiving red envelope money,and together they play each other the fireworks,with happy.Street with dragon and lion dance and some other carnival activities,CCTV will held the grand Spring Festival gala.