XIAN’AN - Villagers were gathering beside a bonfire to welcome the New Year in Dawulei, Shicheng Village, Guihua Town, Xian’an District at Chinese New Year’s Eve. At 6:00 pm Lei Xihua, the team leader, lighted the bonfire for staying-up in Jiangyi Hall where villagers were chatting happy stories over the past year and children were setting off firecrackers to welcome the New Year after had family reunion dinner.
A poem, Staying-up, said that “to make an appointment to do staying-up at Arong’s family, with candlelight to pass on light towards blue yarn; wasting time of 30 years or 60 years but cherishing time from this evening.”
According to old people in the village Dawulei hands down the custom of lighting the bonfire for staying-up for 50 years. It begins from having family reunion dinner which needs to be enjoyed slowly and people start to take a seat in the evening: some families will have dinner until late at night; some ones will have dinner while making dumplings; and others will visit relatives and friends halfway until dawn.
Lei said that the custom of lighting the bonfire for staying-up not only means nostalgia for the past time, but also means best wishes for the New Year. By Zhang Dale (www.xnnews.com.cn)