Thursday, 19 February 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Gong Xi Fa Cai / Kung Hey Fat Choi / 恭喜发财 ~
Happy Chinese New Year!!
Wishing you and your loved ones a prosperous 2015 Year of the Sheep / Goat
Did you know...?
  • There are 12 animals that represent each year in a full cycle
  • It is also known as Spring Festival worldwide
  • It is a time of family gatherings, lots of food and happiness
  • Before the New Year begins, families will clean and sweep their homes to sweep away any bad luck and help ensure good fortune in the year to come
  • Many Chinatowns around the world will host Chinese New Year festivities - London's Chinatown is filled with lion dancers, entertainment and fireworks!
  • This year begins on 19th February 2015
  • Children receive red pockets or hong bao from their elders which is filled with money. Normally this stops at the age of 16, but in our family we've made the tradition go on - hand them over!
  • But.. once you get married, it is your turn to send the red pockets!
  • Red is considered to be a lucky colour in Chinese culture so this will be decorated in a lot of places
  • The celebration lasts for 15 days which makes it a super important festival for Chinese all over the world...
  • So important that in China it is a public holiday that lasts for three days!
  • China is not the only country that declares Chinese New Year a public holiday - it is also celebrated in Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand!
  • Traditional foods are served during the celebratory period such as a whole fish (from head to tail), a sticky cake known as Nian Gow and oranges to name a few

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