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50 most interesting facts about the Chinese New Year that you need to know in 2022

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For most, New Year's Day is a global holiday that takes place on January 1st with a slight time shift depending on time zones. The first day of the calendar year plays an important role in different cultures and marks a kind of reset or a moment when everything can be started over. And what about those countries where the New Year is not celebrated on January 1 at all? For many countries in Asia, as well as for the Asian diaspora, present in almost all countries of the world, the New Year takes place from late January to mid-February. The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important event in the Chinese calendar.

 

If January 1 can simply be remembered as a given, then the date of the Chinese New Year is much more difficult to predict. The day is calculated according to the lunar calendar, an ancient Chinese invention - it all depends on the phase of the moon. Despite the fact that most Chinese use the Gregorian calendar in everyday life, the traditional lunar calendar remains an important part of their lives. Since the date depends on the moon, the holiday is celebrated at different times from the end of January to the middle or end of February. February 12th in 2021 and 1st February in 2022. Don't forget to congratulate your Chinese friends!

 

In Chinese culture, each year corresponds to one of the 12 zodiac animals, as well as a color according to the Wu Xing (Five Elements) system. You can view your Chinese zodiac sign by year of birth! Those born in 2022 are associated with the sign of the tiger, the color of the year is blue, and the element is water.  The Chinese believe that if the sign of the upcoming year coincides with the personal sign of the zodiac, then this year may not be very successful. But do not worry, there is a fairly simple way to avoid these failures. It is believed that red is a lucky color that scares away all the bad luck that your zodiac sign can bring. Wear red clothes and you'll be fine!

 

Bemorepanda collected some really interesting facts about Chinese New Year 2022!

 

 

1. Chinese New Year comes at different times: the date of the holiday varies between January 21 and February 20 and depends on the Chinese lunar calendar. This year, Chinese New Year is on 1st February.

 

2. Each Chinese New Year begins with a new "animal" zodiac sign. 

 

3. The Chinese zodiac signs are a very ancient tradition, which involves naming each new year as the year of one of the twelve animals. 

 

4. Chinese New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries: China, Hong Kong, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and, of course, Singapore.

 

 

5. On Chinese New Year, it is customary to give Eng Bao - red envelopes with money. Billions of envelopes will be donated during the holiday. In many companies, this is how bosses present their annual bonus to subordinates.

 

6. 200 million Chinese travel long distances on New Year's holidays. In China, approximately 3.5 billion trips were recorded during this period! By comparison, less than 100 million US residents travel more than 50 miles during the Christmas holidays.

 

7. Most of the fireworks take place in China: according to statistics, this is 90% of all fireworks in the world! The ancient Chinese believed that the light and explosion from fireworks frightened demons and evil spirits.

 

8. During the Chinese New Year, many Chinese people who are not in a relationship are afraid of a big family holiday where every relative wants to know "why you haven't got married yet." For this reason, there are many websites and agencies in China through which you can "rent" yourself a girlfriend or boyfriend - just to avoid annoying questions from relatives.

 

 

9. Although the new year comes in winter, the Chinese call it the "Spring Festival" (春节 chūnjié /chwn-jyeah/) because the "beginning of spring" (February 4-18) is the first period in the traditional solar calendar. While winter weather prevails, the "beginning of spring" marks the end of the coldest part of winter, when the Chinese have traditionally looked forward to the beginning of spring.

 

10. The Chinese zodiac years are a very old custom. Years are called one of the 12 animals in the zodiac cycle. For example, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. Many Chinese still believe in astrology and other New Year superstitions.

 

11. The Chinese have a proverb, "the whole year is planned in the spring" 一年之计在于春 yinyan zhiji caiyuchun. This reflects the attitude of Chinese tradition towards the New Year period. It is still very cold, but the holiday marks the end of the coldest days. 

 

12. People welcome spring and what it brings with it: crops and harvests, new beginnings, the hope of a better life, a better job, that everything will be fine during the year.

 

 

13. Also, the Chinese New Year is often informally referred to as the "lunar new year" because its date is determined based on the phases of the moon. And since the Chinese New Year is calculated using the lunar calendar, its celebration falls each time on different dates from January 21 to February 21.

 

14. And although China has officially switched to the Gregorian calendar, like the rest of the world, the lunar calendar is still very important. Many traditional holidays are calculated to be celebrated according to the lunar calendar.

 

15. The Spring Festival lasts exactly 15 days. During this time, working life in the Middle Kingdom freezes, the people of China have fun, relax and celebrate the holiday with their families.

 

16. Chinese New Year is one of the most important and revered holidays. The most important component of this holiday is family reunion. Everyone has to go home for New Year's Eve dinner.

 

 

17. In today's China, most elderly parents live in rural areas while their children work in cities. Moving around the country back home and on vacation is called chunyun 春运, or spring migration.

 

18. Even on ordinary days, the subway is packed. Imagine what happens during the Chunyun period. Also, the earliest you can buy train tickets is 60 days. This leads to crazy excitement, there are real battles for tickets. Thousands of tickets are sold per second.

 

19. The Spring Festival was originally a ceremonial day. On this day, they prayed to the gods, asked for good weather, a plentiful harvest, etc. Also, people prayed to their ancestors and addressed them as gods.

 

20. Following the customs of their ancestors, the Chinese do not sleep on New Year's Eve and set off fireworks and explode firecrackers at midnight, scaring away monsters and bad luck. In the morning they blow up the firecrackers again to welcome the New Year and the good luck that comes with it.

 

 

21. On the same night, families also burned counterfeit paper money in honor of their deceased loved ones. They believe that the offerings will bring good luck and fortune to their ancestors in the afterlife.

 

22. Due to safety concerns and air pollution concerns, many Chinese cities have banned fireworks, and more than 500 cities also have restrictions on their use.

 

23. But many look at it through their fingers and still fire salutes. In Beijing, the ban was lifted in 2006 due to an angry public.

 

24. If you are in China during this time, you will watch fireworks and hear firecrackers go off for at least three nights, if not for several weeks.

 

 

25. In the New Year, you can not take a shower, so as not to wash away good luck. Sweeping the floor and throwing garbage is also not allowed.

 

26. However, before the Spring Festival there is a day during which you can put your house and yourself in order. On this day, everyone should get rid of bad luck and make room for good luck.

 

27. What else is taboo during Chinese New Year?

Cut hair;

Use scissors, knives and other sharp objects;

Argue, quarrel;

Saying negative words (such as "death" and "sickness");

Break and ruin things.

 

28. During the Spring Festival, gifts are exchanged. But Chinese children also receive something else: red envelopes.

 

 

29. The so-called red hongbao (红包, hóngbāo) envelopes are a very popular way to give a gift in China. Paper money is placed in an envelope and presented with wishes of well-being and good luck.

 

30. Red envelopes can also be given to relatives, friends, employees and colleagues.

 

31. With the New Year holidays approaching, many single people in China are starting to feel uncomfortable. The fact is that in the Celestial Empire a sense of family is very developed. It is very important for a Chinese person to raise a child and leave him his last name.

 

32. There are even special apps to help single adults who live and work in big cities find a soul mate... temporarily. Such applications are especially in demand during the New Year holiday period, when single men and women tend to feel acute pressure from family and relatives in order to settle down and get married.

 

33. Dumplings 饺子, Jiǎozi, jiaozi are the favorite food of the Chinese on holidays and according to Chinese tradition, if there are a lot of dumplings on the table, then good luck awaits you in the New Year.

 

 

34. Therefore, dumplings are an indispensable attribute of the festive table, and their joint production is a good tradition. Modeling dumplings is a rather painstaking and lengthy process, which is accompanied by lively communication of the audience. Therefore, for many Chinese, dumplings symbolize happiness and harmony in the family, as well as the unity of all its members.

 

35. In Chinese, the word "dumplings" - "jiaozi" sounds the same as the word "changing hieroglyphs", only pronounced in a different tone. On the night of the New Year, from 12 o'clock to 1 o'clock, there is a change of two symbols - the new year and the old one. For example, this time the year of the Pig is replaced by the year of the Rat.

 

36. Also, dumplings look like a copper coin "yuanbao", so eating dumplings is considered "reception of capital."

 

 

37. Traditionally, the first few dumplings are sacrificed to the ancestors, the second ones are sacrificed to various deities. At this time, older family members offer a prayer for the happiness and well-being of the whole family in the new year.

 

38. In fairness, it should be noted that the tradition of eating dumplings on New Year's holidays is more common in northern China. In the south, people prefer to eat Chūnjuǎn spring rolls (Chinese pancakes with various fillings) and glutinous rice balls in a soup called Tang Yuan 汤圆 tāngyuán - dumplings, dumplings (rice flour balls stuffed with sweet or meat, in soup).

 

39. Remember the legend about the horned monster named Nian? He was frightened by the loud explosions of firecrackers, the bright light of fireworks and the red paint on the houses. Since then, fireworks and the color red have been an important part of New Year's celebrations. It is customary to celebrate the Spring Festival in red robes, even if it is the year of the blue water Tiger.

 

40. In the Western horoscope, each sign of the zodiac corresponds to its own animal. There are 12 in total for each month. There are also 12 animals in the Chinese horoscope, but each animal symbolizes one year. These are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. 

 

 

41. All the positive features of these animals are bestowed on people born in the corresponding year. The Chinese horoscope plays a much larger role than in Western cultures. Your pet can decide your career, health and success. Make sure you know which animal you were born into!

 

42. Traditionally, several generations live under one roof in China. And when a guy brings his wife into the house, she settles in this house too. And accordingly they celebrate the New Year as one big family. Visiting her parents' house on New Year's holidays would mean problems in marriage, which could bring trouble to her husband's entire extended family.

 

43. It will hardly surprise you, but the Chinese eat dumplings (jiaozi) on New Year's Eve as well, because this is the most popular traditional Chinese dish. It is worth noting that China is a fairly large and very diverse country, so the menu of the New Year's table will differ significantly from region to region. 

 

 

44. For example, someone may choose niangao (年糕) - glutinous rice cookies, and someone - spring rolls with poultry or fish. All these dishes are associated with something positive and bright, energizing for the year ahead.

 

45. The TV show Chunwang is somewhat reminiscent of our Blue Light. This is a fairly young tradition, which gradually spread throughout the country. 

 

46. The TV show "Chun Wan" or "Spring Gala Festival" is an annual entertainment show on China Central TV (CCTV) with music, dance, comedy shows and other performances. 

 

47. The first show was released in 1983, and gradually Chunwang became the most watched TV program in the world. 

 

48. Over the years, it has become part of the mandatory New Year's program, and many Chinese people stay at home with their families specifically to watch this TV show. 

 

 

49. However, the younger generation is not so interested in watching TV shows and prefers to leave this business to their parents, skipping family viewing if possible. Be sure to ask your Chinese tandem partners about this show - someone loves it, someone hates it, no one is indifferent. This will definitely be an interesting topic for discussion.

 

50. As the name suggests, Chinese New Year is a 100% Chinese holiday. In fact, this holiday has become popular in many countries due to the spread of the Chinese community outside of China. Western countries are full of Chinese markets and areas (Chinatowns), where the New Year is celebrated exactly according to the lunar calendar.

 

 

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That's called New Year Spirit
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In love with Chinese traditions
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Hardly anyone loves the New Year more than the Chinese, because they celebrate it several times. First, according to the Gregorian calendar (on the night of January 1), and then also according to the Eastern. Chinese New Year 2021 - twice a holiday!


Chinese New Year has long been the main and longest holiday in the Middle Kingdom and other countries of East Asia. Unlike its Western counterpart, there is no fixed date for the start of the Chinese New Year, and it is set at a different time each year.


The first day of the holiday in China falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice (that is, after December 21). In the Gregorian calendar, this usually corresponds to one of the days between January 21st and February 21st. The celebration usually lasts 15 days.


Thus, the next year according to the Chinese calendar will come on February 12, 2021. And it is planned to celebrate its offensive in China from February 12 to February 27. However, the Chinese will officially rest for only seven days - from 12 to 18 February.


The exact time of the Chinese New Year



The second new moon after the winter solstice will occur on February 12, 2021 at 00:03 Moscow time or 05:03 Beijing time. This time will be considered the beginning of the New Year according to the Eastern calendar. By the way, in China they will not celebrate 2021, as we will do very soon, but 4719.


Symbol of the year


Year of the Ox: Fortune and Personality – Chinese Zodiac


Each year in China is symbolized by a combination that is repeated only once every 60 years. This combination represents one of the 12 zodiac animals of a certain color, corresponding to one of the five elements (water, earth, metal, fire and wood). Chinese New Year 2021 will symbolize the animal Ox and the elements of Metal, and the main color of the year will be white.


By the way, every 60-year circle begins with a wooden Rat and ends with a water Pig. Another such circle started on February 2, 1984, and it will end on January 29, 2044.


Preparing for Chinese New Year



According to an ancient myth, at the beginning of each new year, the Chinese are forced to hide from a monster named Nian (translated from Chinese as "Year"), which is believed to appear on the first day of the holiday in order to ravage all settlements: to eat all the livestock and the harvest, and at the same time a couple of villagers.


To protect their homes from this monster, the Chinese decorate them in advance: they glue them on the outside with beautiful patterns of red paper, paired inscriptions and pictures with wishes of happiness, health and longevity, and also hang red lanterns everywhere. The legend about the origin of the holiday will again help to understand what such a love for red is connected with. So, this legend says that one day people noticed how Nian, who usually loves to feast on children, was frightened by a child in red clothes. Without thinking twice, eyewitnesses of this amazing incident came to the conclusion that it was the color that scared the monster away.


In addition, on the eve of the holiday, each family carefully cleans their homes, believing that in this way they cleanse their lives from any failures and make room for happiness.


Festive feast



On New Year's Eve, Chinese families usually gather around the table. By the way, in the Celestial Empire it is customary to richly set the table for a festive dinner. Housewives, as a rule, prepare the most favorite dishes in the family. Traditionally, meat and fish must be on the table, as well as dumplings (jiaozi), which are the figurative embodiment of one of the main wishes - the birth of sons.


Moreover, for a festive dinner, even those family members who work or study in other cities or countries return home. All Chinese strive to celebrate the New Year with their parents, which is why on the eve of the holiday all transport in the country is overcrowded and it is simply impossible to buy tickets.


The festive night ends with fireworks and firecrackers, which are believed to scare away evil spirits and attract the spirit of peace and happiness to the family.


The first days of Chinese New Year



In the early morning of the next day, children congratulate their parents, wishing them health and a happy New Year, and in return they receive wishes for future success and red envelopes with money.


After that, the whole family goes to congratulate relatives and neighbors. Such visits to guests usually completely take the first five days of the new year.


And, of course, it cannot do without gifts. So, in the Celestial Empire, it is customary to give gifts from paired objects symbolizing unity and family harmony (while the number four is not recommended, since the Chinese associate it with death).


In addition, when visiting, it is customary for the owners to present two tangerines, and when leaving, they receive two other tangerines from them. Thus, the hosts and guests exchange symbols of financial well-being, which, according to the Chinese, are tangerines.


Holiday performances


Chinese New Year 2019: Celebrate Spring Festival in China


Having visited all relatives and neighbors, the Chinese go out to festivities with traditional dances. As a rule, the traditional ones include the lion dance (dancers, being inside the figure of a lion, imitate the movements of this animal) and the dragon dance (a special team of people, holding a dragon made of paper on poles, moves in such a way that the snake-like body makes undulating movements).

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The Chinese New Year in 2022 will be celebrated according to the monthly calendar, according to which the date of this holiday is calculated. This is one of the main holidays in the Middle Kingdom, which spans several weeks. But it is celebrated not only in China, the whole world celebrates this date and uses the symbols of the Chinese calendar.

 

Chinese New Year 2022 Date - How to determine the date

 

To determine when the New Year begins and ends in China in 2022, you need to use the Monthly Calendar. The first day of the holiday coincides with the second new month after December 21 (winter solstice). The date changes every year, but this holiday always takes place between January 21 and February 21. Chinese New Year in 2022 will be celebrated for 15 days - February 1-15. 

 

The symbol of the Chinese New Year 2022

 

Every year, the characters change according to the Chinese calendar. 2021 will take place under the auspices of Metal Bull, and the next one, 2022, will take place under the sign of the Water Tiger. In total, there are 60 symbols in the Eastern calendar, which are replaced cyclically. According to the Chinese zodiac, this symbol brings good luck to all active and active people. According to popular belief, for people born under the sign of the Tiger, 2022 is the Year of Destiny, a time of dramatic change and fulfillment of desires.

 

How to prepare for the Chinese New Year 2022

 

The Chinese are beginning to prepare for the holiday in time. Many Europeans liked their traditions, and neighboring countries also have people who follow the rules of preparation for the holiday, which originated in China in ancient times.

 

House cleaning for Chinese New Year 2022

According to the oldest traditions that appeared in the Middle Kingdom, before the start of the holiday, it is worth doing a general cleaning of the house. Following the beliefs, it is important to get rid of everything that is not necessary, broken, because this prevents the entry of new creative energy into the home. In the Celestial Empire, they believe that this tradition helps to reduce last year's failures and bring prosperity to the house.

 

Decorating streets and houses

In ancient times, the Chinese believed that on the first day of the holiday, the monster Nian came to their villages, destroying houses, destroying cattle, crops and other goods. According to popular belief, this monster is afraid of red, which is why this shade dominates the clothing and decor during the holiday. Almost all the accessories are made in red, and the inscriptions are made with gold paint - it is believed that this helps to attract wealth and material well-being.

 

To protect itself from the destructive visit of a monster named Nian, the Celestial Empire came up with a tradition of decorating streets and houses with special symbols:

  • bright red lanterns;
  • paired inscriptions;
  • pictures with a wish for happiness;
  • models in red.

 

The decorations are closed in advance, knowing when the holiday starts, so that everything is ready by that time. Therefore, by the beginning of the holiday, the streets of the city across the country are filled with a solemn atmosphere, they become bright and beautiful.

 

How Chinese New Year 2022 is celebrated

 

The Chinese prepare for the holiday in advance and plan everything so that they can relax with their loved ones for 15 days, participate in festive events and go on a visit. Festive traditions have existed for centuries, although they have changed slightly over time.

 

Festive dinner

In China it is common to prepare a lot of food in advance. According to legend, in the early days, sharp objects should not be used, so as not to scare happiness and luck. On the eve of the first day, families gather for a festive meal.

 

The festive meal menu should include the following dishes:

  • fish (carp, catfish, crucian) - this product symbolizes wealth;
  • chicken - believed to bring good luck;
  • dumplings are one of the traditional dishes of the Middle Kingdom, originally called jiaozi;
  • radish is one of the most popular winter vegetables;
  • fruits - pomelo, tangerines and oranges;
  • sweets like balls and tangyuan rice cake.

 

Table treatments are usually arranged according to a special principle. But the main thing is that all the main traditional dishes are present, which symbolize happiness, success and well-being.

 

Family reunion

The Chinese government has decided to make the New Year holidays a weekend. Therefore, the Chinese have a little vacation during the holiday. On weekends, everyone comes from different cities to their parents' homes. The New Year in the Middle Kingdom is a family holiday.

 

How to properly launch fireworks and firecrackers

Launching fireworks in China is a long tradition and it is believed that the sound of explosions scares away evil spirits. First, the small firecrackers lined up are thrown into the air to celebrate the old year, and then three large fires are set on fire - to satisfy the beginning of a new one. Fireworks go out during New Year's Eve, but the country's main fireworks can be seen in the capital at exactly midnight. The locals also throw firecrackers as a sign of hospitality when they receive guests.

 

New Year's gifts

In China, for the New Year holidays, it is customary to give money in Hongbao red envelopes - this gift symbolizes the desire for prosperity and luck. There is also a tradition of giving paired gifts, for example, a set of two mugs with the symbol of the year. Close relatives are given expensive gifts, friends and acquaintances - symbolic gifts.

 

Cultural activities

The dates at the beginning and end of the holiday are celebrated in a particularly bright way - solemn events, concerts, and fireworks are organized. When a particular event takes place, local residents will find out about posters and announcements in advance. Traditionally, the following cultural events take place in the Celestial Empire to celebrate the New Year:

  • performances and theater performances are arranged, the actors show historical events and various plays;
  • the main prayer of the year is held in Longhua Temple, all devout Chinese strive to attend this ceremony;
  • on the first day, fireworks are launched and the firecrackers explode, a grand festive fireworks take place in the capital;
  • fairs are organized in regions, visitors are offered exotic food and snacks, masterpieces with images of the symbol of the year are sold;
  • mass celebrations, concerts and other entertainment and entertainment events are organized;
  • on the last day of the holiday, lighted lanterns are launched into the sky, making a wish - it is believed that it must be fulfilled.

 

Chinese New Year 2022: Final thoughts

Chinese New Year in 2022 will be celebrated for 15 days - February 1-15. At this time, all who honor Eastern traditions can join in the holiday by going on a trip to the Middle Kingdom or by hosting a holiday at home.

 

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Those who have read the books and watched the Harry Potter movies and are fascinated by the magical theme will surely want to learn something new about everything related to the Harry Potter. Moreover, some things still remain a mystery to fans of this franchise.

 

Facts about the Potterian, from the author to the characters

 

We at Bemorepanda have collected facts that may be of interest to you, if you are one of them. After all, what could be more exciting than learning the secrets and moments associated with your favorite characters. So if this is your topic, then you definitely won’t waste your time by looking at our selection of facts.

 

 

1. No one could portray Severus Snape the way Alan Rickman did. He was able to portray the image of this lost man with the help of some of his techniques. To make the role more realistic, author J.K. Rowling gave Rickman spoilers that no one else knew about. This prepared him to portray Snape as best he could.

 

2. While Harry Potter was played by babies or Daniel Radcliffe, Voldemort was played by several different actors. While we know Ralph Fiennes played Voldemort, he has also been portrayed by Richard Bremmer, Christian Coulson, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (Ralph Fiennes' nephew), and Frank Dillane.

 

3. Gloucester Cathedral was used as a backdrop for filming Hogwarts School outside. This was filmed in Gloucestershire, England, where Moaning Myrtle's lamentations were also caught on camera. However, the Great Hall at Hogwarts was modeled after the Great Hall of Christ Church in Oxford, England.

 

4. In Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe and his character Harry Potter go through a lot and are in great pain throughout the film. The make-up department had to work hard to give the character the necessary look. Over 100 pairs of glasses were replaced and makeup artists had to scar Harry's face 2,000 times.

 

5. On November 16, 2001, the first Harry Potter film was released. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone opened in 3,762 theaters in the United States and earned $90 million in its opening weekend. With a total of £16 million in its opening weekend, it also broke records in the UK.

 

 

6. In the Harry Potter universe, colors have a deeper meaning. Because red is associated with kindness, Gryffindor's robes are red and the Weasley family's hair is red. When Harry's parents passed away, he noticed a flash of green that is usually associated with sad events.

 

7. All episodes of platform 9 3/4 were filmed at King's Cross station in London, in particular on platforms 4 and 5. The pictures outside were taken in the meantime at St Pancras station. The bridge that Harry and Hagrid crossed was at York railway station.

 

8. Ron and Hermione are destined for each other. Not only in the friendship that exists between them, but also in the Patronuses they can call upon. While Hermione can summon an otter, Ron can summon a Jack Russell Terrier. Bonus Animal Fact: Jack Russell Terriers are known for chasing otters.

 

9. We are all afraid of something. This is what protects us from the dangers of the world. In Harry Potter, fears can sometimes take on a physical form thanks to boggarts. Voldemort, the series' villain, also has one. Since his greatest fear is death, his boggart is his corpse. Even the most evil people fear the inevitable.

 

 

10. The most iconic feature of the Harry Potter series and the Harry Potter character is the lightning bolt on his forehead. There is a lot of meaning to this mysterious lightning bolt scar.

 

11. While the Harry Potter books have captured the hearts of fans around the world, the films have not been so lucky to win the minds of Hollywood critics. Although the Harry Potter films have been nominated for twelve Oscars, they have not won a single one. Most of these nominations were in the Art Direction, Original Soundtrack and other categories.

 

12. After a heated argument with JK Rowling's ex-boyfriend, the idea of Quidditch came up. She claimed that other than the thought that "deep down I wished he'd been hit by a Bludger", she couldn't remember the connection between the fight and the game.

 

13. Just like the real world we live in is bound by the rules of science and law, the world of Harry Potter and wizardry is also bound by its own set of special rules. To create the best possible setting, J.K. Rowling spent 5 years creating and honing the rules/laws in Harry Potter to make sure the story makes sense even in a fantasy setting.

 

14. The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron was filmed at Leadenhall Market in London. The market, which opened in the late 19th century, served as a prime example of the Victorian market. As a result, it became an ideal location for filming Diagon Alley's exterior sequences.

 

 

15. The London City Market served as the backdrop for some scenes from The Leaky Cauldron. He was portrayed in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. But at Leavesden Film Studios, some of the images were created using computers.

 

16. For the filming of the Harry Potter films, filmmakers used different locations in England. Some of them only once or twice, while others were used for filming much more often. Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire served as a filming location for the corridors of Hogwarts. In addition to the corridors, Snape's Potions lesson was also filmed there.

 

17. A careful eye might notice that the scars in the Harry Potter books and the movies are different. In the books, it's roughly in the middle of the forehead, but in the movies, it's more off-center.

 

18. The Harry Potter series has 7 books, all written by JK Rowling. With so much information, it's hard to imagine how the author managed to fit so much of it into just 7 books.

 

19. It's easy to see that one of the movie's most iconic characters, Albus Dumbledore, is played by two different actors. The first version of Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris, but unfortunately he passed away in 2002. He was replaced in this role by another actor, Michael Gambon.

 

20. "Avada Kedavra" may seem funny now, because all the fans of the series throw it around, but this curse brings its victim the most terrible side effect - instant death. Only one person could survive this - the main character Harry Potter.

 

 

21. Spell "Expecto Patronum" - one of the most advanced spells. With it, the caster can summon a guardian spirit that will protect him from many dark creatures. This spell is unique to each person.

 

22. The Hogwarts infirmary was filmed at Oxford's Bodleian School of Divinity. This area, often referred to as the hospital wing, was run by Madame Poppy Pomfrey, the school's head nurse. The petrified victims of the basilisk also received help here.

 

23. The Hogwarts Express crosses the real Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland. Students traveling by train to and from Hogwarts cross this bridge throughout the Harry Potter films. The Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel can be seen from the bridge due to its location on the West Highlands line in Glenfinnan, Inverness.

 

24. Livraria Lello, the real-life bookstore in Porto, Portugal where J.K. Rowling spent several years, is said to be the inspiration for her work.

 

25. Hermione from books and films is completely different. In the books, Hermione had protruding teeth. During the filming of films, the directors really tried to use special prostheses for this, but after Emma Watson could not speak normally, it was decided to abandon them.

 

26. Although "Avada Kedavra" sounds intimidating in itself, its true meaning comes from a certain phrase in Aramaic culture. The phrase "bhadda kedhabhra" sounds like gibberish at first, but when you translate it as "disappear like that word," you see how related the incantation and phrase are.

 

 

27. Moaning Myrtle was played by Shirley Henderson, who at the time was 35 years old. She was the oldest actress to play a student.

 

28. The idea to write a book about a boy who didn't know he was a wizard came to JK Rowling in the 1990s while on a train ride. After five years of planning, the Harry Potter books were born, and the rest is history.

 

29. If you're a fan of the books, you may have noticed that one character is missing from the movies - a poltergeist named Peeves. This poltergeist has been around since 993 and has given Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch a huge headache.

 

30. Alnwick Castle in Northumberland served as the backdrop for the Hogwarts interior scenes. He also appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It was also where Harry learned how to use a broomstick.

 

31. Clachaig Ravine served as a filming location for Hagrid's cabin and its surroundings. Glencoe, Argyll, Scotland is known for its stunning scenery; however, the hut no longer exists there.

 

32. When you create an iconic character, you probably put a part of yourself into it. JK Rowling and Harry Potter have one thing that both of them have in common - their birthday. Both J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter were born on July 31st. So if you're celebrating the birth of Harry Potter, know that J.K. Rowling is celebrating it too.

 

 

33. Literary works are good because you can change the appearance and names of the characters, and no one will blink an eye. In Harry Potter, not every name we know is the first name that popped into JK Rowling's head. Try to guess the real names of the characters: Hermione Puckle, Draco Spinks, Neville Puff and Lily Moon.

 

34. Although in the movies, wands are strong and difficult to break, they are actually quite fragile. It's just a stick with extra material attached to it, that's all. They are also quite fun to use, not only for magic spells and curses, but also for games. Radcliffe alone broke about 60 sticks due to the fact that he played drums with them.

 

35. You can always leave your family's mark on the artwork you create. In the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling included not only a couple of details from her life, but also a little about other members of her family. For example, the characters Ernie and Stanley, the conductor and driver of the Knight Bus, are named after J.K. Rowling's grandparents.

 

36. It's easy to refuse the help of any other person, but when we talk about Michael Jackson, only JK Rowling could refuse his help so openly. Harry Potter fan Michael Jackson suggested creating a Harry Potter musical, but J.K. Rowling did not support the idea. It would be interesting to see what kind of music will be in this fantasy musical.

 

37. Even in a fantasy world, love can sometimes blossom into something more beautiful. Harry Potter was able to find his true love in Ginevra Molly Weasley. Harry married his best friend Ron's sister in the 2000s, with whom they had three children, naming them after the most important people in their lives.

 

 

38. Hagrid wouldn't be a standout character in a movie if it wasn't for the superb performance of the actor behind him. Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played Hagrid, was able to show the nature and essence of the character in front of the camera. This Scottish actor has played roles in all 8 adaptations of the works of J. K. Rowling.

 

39. While Robin Williams was able to win the hearts of the American audience, unfortunately he was unable to do so with the British. When he auditioned for the role of Hagrid, Williams didn't get the role, for obvious reasons - J.K. Rowling had a strict rule to cast only British or Irish actors for the lead roles.

 

40. Justin Finch-Fletchl, a young wizard and Hogwarts student, encountered so many snakes in his school days that it would not be strange if he developed a phobia of snakes. Not only did he have to fight several snakes during his training, he also encountered a basilisk, a giant snake. So ophidiophobia is quite understandable.

 

41. JK Rowling was a writer before Harry Potter. Her first "novel" was a story about a rabbit called "Rabbit" written when she was about 6 years old. This is a story about diamonds and the people who own them.

 

42. The real name of the author is JK Rowling. While this explains the J part and Rowling, what does the K stand for? The letter K stands for her paternal grandmother Kathleen and was added to create more mystique around the author.

 

43. Not every sequel can evoke that initial "Wow!" that the first films were capable of. The same goes for the third part of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This film is the highest grossing part of the Harry Potter series. While the film itself is beautiful and unique, the other adaptations are considered much better.

 

44. In Edinburgh, the Elephant House tea and coffee house is called the "birthplace of Harry Potter." In the 1990s, J.K. Rowling began writing down her ideas there. At the time, she frequented a cafe on one of Edinburgh's main avenues to keep warm, as she still found it difficult to make ends meet.

 

 

45. There is a "wall" in the Elephant House that belongs to Rowling. It contains photographs of the author of the Harry Potter books, as well as her thoughts and quotes. Other coffee shops in the city also claim to have hosted Rowling, but only Elephant House has such conclusive evidence.

 

46. When you imagine the world of Harry Potter, England immediately comes to mind. England is home to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Harry did live in England, but JK Rowling actually drew inspiration from Edinburgh, Scotland where she lived for a while.

 

47. It is easy for an author to draw inspiration from the saddest period of his life. As for JK Rowling, she remembered the feeling of depression, despondency and used it to create Dementors. Described as cold and empty, Dementors are the epitome of the most destructive thing that can happen to a human being.

 

48. Nothing says more about reality than the fact that the elements in the books are based on real life things. In the magical world, plants have names based on real ones. According to Rowling, they are taken from Nicholas Culpeper's Complete Herbs, a work by an English botanist and herbalist published in the 17th century.

 

49. Sometimes the role you are auditioning for is just not for you. Tom Felton could have been a good actor, but the only role that suited him was that of Draco Malfoy. He originally auditioned for the roles of Harry and Ron. One can be glad that even after the failure of these tests, he was offered the role of Draco Malfoy.

 

50. Voldemort is probably etched into the minds of many fans as a man without a nose, but he wasn't always like that. Voldemort, or Tom Marvolo Riddle, was once a normal person, with a nose and everything. But his journey through the magical world soon turned his attention to the darker arts.

 

 

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Even if you are not a superstitious person at all and do not believe in any mysticism, teach: New Year's signs and superstitions come true, because on this festive night real miracles can happen! Therefore, it is imperative to pay attention to the small clues that the Higher Forces send at this magical time. Better to play it safe than to disentangle the results of your disdain for popular beliefs and prejudices all year later!


Our ancestors believed unconditionally that New Year's signs tell the truth, and they certainly understood magic better than modern people. True, sometimes, in order to avoid troubles in the coming year, one must not only know at least the basic signs and superstitions, but also be able to correctly interpret them. But it really depends a lot on your imagination! Here are a few New Year's signs talking about what needs to be done before the New Year and what to look for on a festive night. And to believe in them or not is a purely personal matter. Bemorepanda collected all them for You.


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How to celebrate the end of 2020?

 

• From December 29 to December 31, it is necessary to generously mark the farewell to the old year. they prepared for the farewell in the same way as for the new year: the table was plentiful. Then the whole next year will be in abundance.


• Before the New Year, you should ask for forgiveness from everyone who offended in the past year inadvertently.


• You should not pay debts in the New Year. Before the new year, you have to pay off all debts by December 31, and on January 1, do not pay them back, otherwise you will pay off the whole year.


• By the New Year, you should clean up the house, disassemble all the rubble, corners, rub glass and mirrors to sparkle. Throw out all broken, chipped or cracked dishes from the house. Get rid of items reminiscent of the troubles of the past year.


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 Preparation for the New Year

 

• On the night of December 31, you may have a dream that characterizes the entire next year.


• Before the New Year, you must not quarrel, otherwise there will be no home welfare for a whole year.


• New Year is a family holiday, so do not forget to invite your parents or visit them yourself, and you can invite guests to your place the next day.


• In the old days, on New Year's, it was customary to tie ropes around the legs of the table, at which the whole family gathered. It was believed that this would help keep the whole family in full force for the next year - no one would leave home, would not break the family grief and sadness.


• For the New Year, you need to put on a new dress, then there will be many new things throughout the year.


• To celebrate the New Year, wear new and best outfits and jewelry - to live richly. Throw old clothes and shoes over the threshold - so that troubles remain in the past.

 

• On the New Year's festive table and in the decoration of the house there should be fruits, rice, wheat, nuts - what symbolizes prosperity.

 

• The New Year's table should be rich for abundance and prosperity all year round.


• On New Year's Eve in the villages they put out the fire in the huts, and at sunrise they light it up again so as not to offend the brownie. An offended spirit can hide a wallet or other necessary thing. They arrange a noisy and plentiful feast so that the year is cheerful and well-fed. (according to M. Forgotten)


• In the New Year, you must have your own amulet and talisman, which will bring good luck and protect you and your family.


• If you like gambling, refrain from it on New Year's Eve, do not tempt fate.


• Whoever has an empty pocket in the New Year will spend the whole year in need.


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The New Year's Eve

 

• At New Year's midnight, when the clock strikes 12 times, everyone makes the most cherished wishes, which must necessarily come true in the coming year.


• Before 12 at night, women need to put on capes or scarves over their shoulders, and after the twelfth blow, quickly remove them. All illnesses and bad events will remain in the past year.


• When the chimes strike for the first time, hold a penny in your left palm and guess so that in the new year you will have money. Throw a coin into a glass of champagne and drink it. Then make a hole in the coin and wear it on the chain like a key chain.


• While the chimes are ringing, quickly write your wish on a piece of napkin, light it and throw it into a glass of champagne, drink it until the last sip until 12 o'clock. Your wish will definitely come true.

 

• A minute before the chimes, you need to take a tangerine (orange), peel it and put it under the tree. If you have time, then the year will be very happy.


• For wealth, you need to sprinkle all those present with plenty of grain on the New Year, or at least cook porridge and serve it to the table, which is especially welcomed by the year of the Rooster.


• The more people you congratulate, the more luck awaits you in the coming year.

Give everyone gifts, treat them, wish a happy New Year!

 

• All favorable and unfavorable New Year's meetings acquire double importance in comparison with everyday meetings, but among the meetings only one stands out - an afternoon meeting outside the home: if you meet a man, you will be healthy all year, and if a woman, you will be ill.


• If someone sneezes on New Year's, he will be happy all year. How many times you sneeze, so many girls will love you.


• What happened on the New Year will be in variations repeated with a person throughout the year.


• Any New Year's excess or lack, peace or quarrel, etc. indicate what a person will have for the whole year - with what the New Year found a person, so he will remain until the end, therefore, they do not lend anything in the New Year.


• You can not lend to strangers for the New Year any of the objects, one way or another associated with fire: in the old days - the fire itself from the oven, and now - matches or lighters.


• If you are spending New Year's Eve outside the city or if you have a fireplace in your house, make sure that the fire does not go out in the stove or fireplace throughout the whole New Year's Eve. That is why in Europe it is considered a good omen to bring a piece of coal into the house on New Year's and throw it into the hearth.


• If women play cards in the New Year, the hens will peck cucumbers (spoil them).

 

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 New Year's traditions, fortune-telling

 

On New Year's Eve, they wondered a lot: - they poured wax from the candle of the festive table into cold water and judged the future by the figure;

- they overheard other people's conversations, scraps of phrases and judged the future from them ...

 

• Listen to sounds outside the window: ringing of a church bell - to important events in the family, meowing of a cat - to a new neighbor, barking of a dog - to a new friend (for girls - to the groom), bird voices - to good news (for guys - to the bride) ...


• For the New Year, you need to freeze water in a spoon; if there are bubbles - to longevity, if holes - to death.


• Anyone who is waiting for the betrothed can sweep under the table: find grain or bread crumbs - for marriage. Put the first piece from the festive table under the bed - in a dream you will see a narrowed one.


• During New Year's washing, you should put copper or gold money (or gizmos) into the water in order to be beautiful and strong throughout the year, like gold and copper, as well as silver money or gizmos in order to have a white face.


• Sitting at the New Year's festive table and gazing at your shadow cast by a candle flame or tongues of fire in the fireplace. If you see yourself with a head - good, without a head - it's bad.


• If a girl pricks or cuts her finger on New Year's Eve, she will marry in the new year.


• New Year girls overhear conversations under other people's doors (the word “go” they hear foreshadows marriage, “sit” - protracted girlhood).


• People often guess about life by the spoons left on the table on New Year's Eve after everyone went to bed. Each person remembers his spoon and the next morning he looks at how it lies: if the notch down, everything is in order, but if it turned over, you should think about your health, save yourself from trouble and take care of the will.


• Write on a piece of paper your most cherished wish (only one!) And burn the piece of paper, throw the ashes out the window into the wind with the words: "Wind, drive the longing and sadness from me, give me luck and joy!" And say your cherished desire. Then continue: "What you have thought, fulfill, the spirit of the wind, please, I conjure with my strength, I put it on your wings!" Say this three times. The desire will come true.

 

• Remarkable is the European custom of choosing the "bean king" in the New Year. Before treating to a festive cake, a child should be placed under the table, who will name the one to whom each of the sliced ​​pieces of cake should be given. When the pie is eaten, it will be revealed who got the piece with the bean or bean baked inside. The recipient of such a piece is considered lucky: he is guaranteed good luck throughout the year, but at the very New Year's holiday - the position of manager and toastmaster.


• You can see the groom not only in a dream. On New Year's Eve, pour water into a cup, add salt and ash, put it on the window and say: "Drink water, salt with salt, burn ash, and I have to watch the groom." Look into the cup while doing this. If you are about to get married, then you will definitely see your betrothed.


• On New Year's Eve, the girls put four card kings from the deck under their pillow. Whichever one dreams or will be pulled out first in the morning - so will the groom.

 

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New Year's fortune-telling

 

• In a dream on New Year's Eve, you can find a previously lost thing.

It is necessary to put a glass of water under the bed, two forks into it - prongs up. Then a hint will come in a dream.


• On New Year's Eve, in severe frost, water was frozen in a spoon. If the ice turns out to be in bubbles - to good health and longevity. If there was a hole in the center, it foreshadowed illness or even death, and not necessarily the one who made the guess, but, possibly, someone close to him.


• If in the New Year the owner knocks on a pear, apple or plum tree three times, then a bountiful harvest will grow on this tree.


• If the sky is starry on New Year's Eve - this is for the harvest of berries and mushrooms.


• On New Year's Eve, severe frost and a small snow - to the harvest of bread, and heat and lack of snow in the yard that day feared more than a fire, as it was a sure sign of a coming crop failure and hunger.

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What for January 1 New Year?

 

• As you start the New Year, you will live it. January 1st sets the tone for the whole year.


• If you look at the sky: if there are many stars, there will be a good harvest of berries.


• If there is thick frost on the trees in the morning on January 1, the year will be grain-growing, otherwise it will be hungry.


• Cloudy before lunchtime on January 1, but clear after lunch - late sowing is better.


• If in January the echo goes far, the frost grows stronger


• On January 1, do not do heavy and dirty work, otherwise you will mess around in the mud and experience hardships all year round. You cannot clean the house, especially sweep and mop the floors, throw away trash - this promises losses and losses.


• If on the first day of the new year the trader gives the goods to the first oncoming buyer very cheaply, then the whole year will be a successful trade.


• When the time comes, do not throw the Christmas tree out of the window or from the balcony - family life will go to dust, happiness will collapse. The tree must be taken out and stuck in the snow.

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