Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year falls on a different date to our traditional Western New Year on 31st December. Many people celebrate both occasions, with lively parties and parades for the Chinese version, along with lavish Chinese meals.
When is Chinese New Year?
The date of Chinese New Year is set using the Chinese lunisolar calendar and depends on factors like the date of the winter solstice and the number of full moons since. Chinese New Year can fall on any date in the days between 21st January and 20th February with celebratory parties, parades and celebrations taking place.
Chinese New Year 2017 takes place on Saturday 28th January. The 2018 celebration will take place on Friday 16th February, with Chinese New Year 2019 marked on Tuesday 5th February.
There is a great deal of interest in the Chinese zodiac surrounding the Chinese New Year. 2017 will have the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rooster. The tenth sign of the Chinese zodiac, Roosters are typified by their reserved nature, particular with regard o emotion. with flamboyant personalities. A Yin sign associated with metal, they are trustworthy and career-focused.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Chinese New Year parties happen around the world, with the festival in China itself lasting until the celebratory Lantern Festival. The party and Chinese New Year parade in London’s Chinatown attracts up to half a million visitors every year. These parties include spectacular dragons – representing the mythical beast, the Nian – and lots of fireworks, especially firecrackers – said to have been used to scare the Nian away.
Money in a red envelope is typically given as a gift at Chinese New Year. The red colour of the envelope symbolises good luck and is a symbol to ward off evil spirits.
If you want to hold your own Chinese New Year party, shop for Chinese New Year party decorations, including Chinese bunting and flags, traditional Chinese lanterns and lots of Chinese dragons and Chinese symbols representing good luck and prosperity.