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Chinese New Year
January 31, 2014 in China
Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 31, 2014. It is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizable Chinese population resides.
Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year’s Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.
Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck.
Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
Where is Chinese New Year?
Nationwide China
Vietnamese New Year
January 31, 2014 in Vietnam
Vietnamese New Year is observed on January 31, 2014. Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. It features aspects of the western Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Halloween and Birthday. It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. However, like Vietnam, each of these countries have incorporated characteristic rituals and celebrations that are indigenous to their regions, and are harmonious with their cultural history and geographical climate. Vietnamese New Year is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year, though exceptions arise due to the one-hour time difference between Hanoi and Beijing resulting in the alternate calculation of the new moon. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day.
Where is Vietnamese New Year?
Nationwide Vietnam
Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
January 31, 2014 in the World
Inspire Your Heart With Art Day celebrates art and the effect it can have on your heart. Art is valued and appreciated for all sorts of reasons.
Look at a piece of art and ask yourself: What is is telling me? How does it make me feel? What emotions is it evoking (if any) within me?
A sense of love and romance is one of those feelings and emotions that a piece of artwork can awaken and inspire. Looking to create a little romance with that special someone? Try setting the mood, with an appropriate piece of art.
While the title of this day suggests you inspire “your” heart, we’re guessing you may use today to inspire someone else’s heart…to romantic thoughts….of you. That’s perfectly okay.
Where is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day?
Worldwide
Backward Day 2014
January 31, 2014 in the World
Backward Day is a day to do everything backwards. Use your imagination, and Backward Day can be lots of fun. It’s especially popular with school aged kids.
Try writing backwards or reading backwards. Wear your shirt with the back in the front. Eat your meal, starting with dessert. Now that’s what I call fun! Walk backwards, or talk backwards. Play a board game backwards, from the finish line to the start. Are you starting to get the picture!?
This day is limited only by your imagination.
Where is Backward Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
1627 – Spanish government goes bankrupt
1696 – Revolt by undertakers after funeral reforms (Amsterdam)
1747 – The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
1851 – Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk
1865 – Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
1871 – Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkening the sky
1876 – The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.
1928 – Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
1936 – “Green Hornet” radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit
1948 – Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
1949 – 1st daytime soap on TV “These Are My Children” (NBC in Chicago)
1958 – James van Allen discovers radiation belt
1958 – US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
1964 – US report “Smoking & Health” connects smoking to lung cancer
1968 – Viet Cong Tet offensive begins
1986 – Mary Lund of Minn, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart
1990 – 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world’s biggest McDonalds