Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year is one of traditional Chinese holidays. In Indonesian Chinese New Year is also called Tahun Baru Imlek.

In Indonesia, during 1965-1998,  Imlek prohibited in public. With Presidential Instruction No. 14 Year 1967, the “Order Baru” regime under President Soeharto’s government, which forbade all Chinese celebration, including Imlek.

Chinese community in Indonesia to get back the freedom to celebrate the new year Imlek in 2000 when President Abdurrahman Wahid revoked the Presidential Instruction No. 14/1967. And then President Megawati Soekarnoputri issued a follow-up to the Presidential Decree No. 19/2002 dated 9th April 2002 to inaugurate Imlek as national holidays. Began in 2003, officially declared Imlek as a national holiday

Chinese Lion

Chinese Lion

The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month. In Indonesia, Imlek observed as public holiday at the first day of Lunar New Year (for year of 2009 Imlek public holiday is on Monday, 26th January). The celebrations are marked by visits kin, relatives and friends.

Chinese Lantern

Chinese Lantern

The colour used are commonly red, such lantern and other decorations generally convey a New Year greeting. These decorations contain of Chinese calligraphy. Dragon and lion dances are common during Chinese New Year. On Imlek,  The married and elders give a red packed called “ang pao” to juniors.

“Gong Xi Fa Cai”

(ref:wikipedia.org)

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