新年快乐 – 10 + 1 facts about Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is upon us! Celebrate the Year of the Pig in style with First Edition’s 10 + 1 facts about Chinese New Year!

Year of the pig

 

1. Chinese New Year is a “travelling” celebration, as it can be held anytime between 21 January and 20 February, depending on the lunar calendar and the moon’s position.

2. Chinese New Year is celebrated all across the globe where a significant Chinese community resides. For local Cambridge events associated with Chinese New Year, check out this link: Chinese Events – Cambridge

3. It’s the longest Chinese holiday: the celebrations go on for 15 days and conclude in the “Lantern Festival”.

4. The alternative name for Chinese New Year is “Spring Festival” as it marks the end of the cold period.

5. According to myths, a magical beast, Nian would appear at New Year’s to eat, well… children. Nian had a deadly fear of fire, so he could only be deterred by the colour red and firecrackers. (Many Chinese cities have now banned firecrackers for safety reasons, so they might need to come up with a new method for keeping Nian away!)

6. The colour red is super good, however, do not have a haircut, don’t shower on the first day of the celebrations, don’t use sharp objects, try not to break things and if you do manage to break anything, do not swear! These all bring you bad luck.

7. If you are a kid with a large family, this might just be your lucky holiday. (Unless Nian comes for you…) Children receive red envelopes stuffed with money from their relatives. Nowadays, digital red envelopes are getting more and more popular.

8. Chinese New Year is the time for gorging on delicious food, enjoying several different dishes, including spring rolls, dumplings and soup! Mhmmm…

9. Flowers and plants also have their special place in the celebrations, with special meaning. Plum blossom, for example, symbolises good luck, but you can go for bamboo or, if you want to be wealthy in the new year, try a mini mandarin tree!

10. Every year is characterised by one of the 12 zodiac animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The animal assigned to your birth year can affect your whole life, work, fortune and even love life!

+ 1. 2019 is the year of the Pig! Some famous pigs are Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hilary Clinton. We have some bad news for pig-people, however: traditionally, the year of your own zodiac sign is an unlucky one for you.

 

Do you have a fact about Chinese New Year we missed? Or do you want to learn more about the Chinese language? Check out our blog post on  Mandarin from last year or read about different varieties of Chinese! If you still have some questions, just drop us an email at enquiries@firstedit.co.uk or give us a call on 01223 356 733!

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