The Chinese New Year, is celebrated on the first day of the first moon of the lunar calender. This year it will begin on January 26th 2009, and is, the year of the Ox. This celebrations will carry on for fifteen days. This day, of the 15th, is called the Lantern Festival. There will be a parade of lanterns and a dragon dance. The Chinese New Year is a major holiday for the Chinese, as is, for their neighbors. Those who also celebrate the Chinese New Year are people who have “extensive interactions with the Chinese, such as the Taiwanese, Koreans, Mongolians, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, and formerly the Japanese before 1873. In Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and other countries with significant Chinese population” according to wikipedia. The Chinese New Year has long been celebrated dating as far back as 2000 BC, and was celebrated at various times, under different emperors. The Chinese “started to celebrate Chinese New Year on the first day of the lunar calendar based on Emperor Wu Di’s almanac of the Han Dynasty” according to www.chineseculture.about.com. If you are looking to send a friend or relative a Chinese New Year e-card, there is many websites in which you can find them for free, with no hassles.
1. www.123greetings.com: Here you can browse through 26 various e-cards. There is surly a card for everyone on your list. There is no sign up with 123 greetings, and you can place in your own custom header and message.
2. www.santranslate.com/UK/cnycard.php: Here, there is five different Chinese New Year e-cards to choose from. There is no sign up, simply insert your name, recipients email(s), and your message.
3. www.egreetings.com: There is only two free e-cards here. The first is postcard type, the second is an animated card. There is premium e-cards available for a fee.
4. www.happydaycards.com/ChineseHolidayCards.html: Here you can find fourteen various e-cards. There is animated e-cards, as well as post card style. There is no sign up, and to fill out your e-card is easy, as is sending.
5. www.care2.com: Here you can find several different beautiful Chinese New Year e-cards. This site is free to join, and is simple to use.
6. www.bluemountain.com: You can find nineteen different e-cards here. They offer a months free membership, after this period, you can opt to pay for continuation of use.
7. www.funutilities.com/ecards/000103/Chinese-New-Year.html: Here they have a free e-card for every year. You can customize your fonts, colors, and choose the music you want for your card. It is 100% free to use.
This list of websites, are the only ones that I tested out with positive results of actually receiving the free e-card. Other sites, had technical difficulties and the cards had not showed up when clicked. If you are looking to send a Chinese New Years Eve e-card, any one of the above websites will work and are free. Happy Chinese New Year!