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Festival Spotlight: Chinese New Year

Although we’re only a few weeks into our own new year, Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Read about how the Chinese celebrate, and what might be in store for you in 2013…

Chinese New Year Dragon decoration

Chinese New Year Dragon decoration

Chinese New Year takes places according to the lunar calendar, which means that it never quite falls on the same day. This year it’s on February 10th, which is handy as it’s also the weekend!

Chinese lanterns & decorations

Chinese lanterns & decorations

Running in a 12 year cycle, Chinese New Year represents a time of change, renewal, and of looking forward to what the year might bring. And there are a few hints as to what you should expect…

2013 is the year of the snake, following on from the year of the dragon. Theoretically, 2012 should have been a good one, if a little bit on the wild side. The dragon represents power, creative spark, and flamboyance, and people born in the year of the dragon are said to embody these qualities. But what’s in store for the year of the snake?

Believe it or not, a snake in the house is a good omen! 2013 will supposedly be a year for steady progress, focus and attention to detail. It’s a year to be careful, but a good year to start important work – provided that research and investigation happen first. It’s not a year for taking risks without knowing what you’re in for!

But enough of all that – what actually happens on Chinese New Year?

The Chinese celebrate New Year in communities all over the world. It’s a time for families to reunite and celebrate – this is when people will travel great distances to their family homes. Gifts are given, houses cleaned, hairstyles altered and new clothes worn. This is a time to remove any bad luck from the previous year and make way for good luck. But be warned – it’s bad luck to clean on New Year’s Day itself!

Chinese decorations for New Year

Chinese decorations for New Year

Chinese New Year is a time of great festivity and feasting. It’s a happy time, when people wish each other good luck and happiness for the year ahead. You’ll see colourful lanterns, decorations and parades featuring dragon dancing and lion dancing. Fireworks are also a traditional part of Chinese New Year, though you may find certain restrictions in place depending on where in the world you are celebrating. Read more about the customs and mythology surrounding Chinese New Year here.

Wherever you are over Chinese New Year, join in and have fun. Read more about Chinese New Year here.

 

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One Response to Festival Spotlight: Chinese New Year

  1. Rebecca says:

    We love reading about Chinese New Year! Thank you for sharing and we hope you have a Happy Chinese New Year!

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