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Chinese New Year

par Maryline

Chinese New Year is coming soon 

Put 16 February 2018 in your diaries !

In just under a month from now, the Chinese New Year celebrations will kick-off. A highly unique culture, China excels in its New Year celebrations.

These festivities, famous the world over for their beauty and pageantry, will celebrate 2018 as the Year of the Dog.

Zoom on this exceptional New Year celebration :

You may have noticed that Chinese New Year celebrations can run anywhere from late January to late February. This is because the Chinese have their own calendar. But as their calendar is lunisolar, their New Year's Day varies from year to year, although it always falls between our 21 January and 19 February.

The Chinese lunar calendar is based on a repeating 12-year cycle with each year associated with a different animal. The Dog is the 11th year of the cycle, after the Rooster and before the Pig.

These 12 animals rotate in the following order : Rat (or Mouse), Ox (or Buffalo), Tiger, Rabbit (or Hare), Dragon, Snake (Little Dragon), Horse, Goat (or Ram or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster (or Phoenix), Dog, Pig (or Boar).

Where and how is Chinese New Year celebrated ?

The Chinese New Year is celebrated in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao, as well in certain other Asian countries where Chinese culture is influential, or where the population has a strong Chinese component.

The celebrations vary from region to region, and have also varied over the ages, but in general, the celebrations are about leaving the past year's misfortunes behind and stepping into a fresh future.

What happens on New Year's Eve ?

Chinese New Year's Eve is the last day of the 12th month of their lunar calendar. Families get together at a sumptuous dinner featuring lots of traditional dishes, then stay up late (a sign of longevity), which some use to play mahjong, and hand out presents containing red envelopes, and set off firecrackers to chase away bad luck and evil spirits.

Some words worth knowing :

If you're one of the lucky ones who will be celebrating this Chinese New Year in Asia, here are some words that are worth learning before you head off to the festivities :

Happy New Year : Xīnnián kàilè : 新年快乐 ;
I wish you luck and happiness : Hǎoyùn chángzài ! 好运常在, Xīnxiǎng shìchéng 心想事成
I wish you good health : Shēntǐ jiànkāng  身体健康

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