It is the year of the Fire Monkey! Chinese New Year is a huge celebration in the Chinese calendar and we would like to celebrate it too! Here are some fun facts about the holiday!
The date varies!
The date for Chinese New Year actually changes each year! It always falls between January 21 and February 20, determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. The lunar calendar determines the dates of traditional Chinese holidays, and guides Chinese people in selecting the luckiest days for weddings, funerals, moving, or beginning a business.
Every Chinese New Year starts a new animal's zodiac year
Chinese zodiac years: A very old custom is to name the years by one of 12 animals in their zodiac cycle. For example, 2015 was the year of the goat. Many Chinese still believe in astrology and other New Year superstitions.
It’s not just the Chinese who celebrate!
Over 1 billion people in China get three days of public holiday. 250 million people in Indonesia & 100 million on the Philippines get one day of public holiday. Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, North Korea Taiwan, Brunai, Singapore, Hong Kong & Macau also get public holidays in order to join in the festivities.
Billions of red envelopes are exchanged
These red envelopes with cash are given out from the older people in the family such as grandparents, to younger family members. It is a special New Year's bonus. Chinese people love the color red, and regard red as the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. Sending red packets is a channel for sending good wishes and luck.
"Xinnian Kuaile" means "Happy New Year".
Xīnnián kuàilè! (新年快乐). That's pronounced "sshin-nyen kwhy-luh", by the way.
We at A&M are going to celebrate the festival with some yummy Chinese Dumplings for dinner! How will you celebrate this colourful tradition?
(Happy New Year)