Just in case you didn’t notice yet, China is celebrating their New Year today. It’s the start of their lunar calendar.
In China, each lunar new cycle has 60 years and every 12 years is a mini cycle. Each of the 12 years is defined by an animal sign: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. 2018 is the year of the Dog.
The Chinese New Year is the special date when the family will spend quality together with a big fest to commemorate the past. It is the longest public holiday in the country and they make the most of it. House will be decorated with red lanterns and because in China this is the colour that represents happiness. Fair enough!
Kids are gifted with red envelopes with a chunk of lucky money inside it to spend in whatever they want to. It is a present from their grandparents, uncles, aunts and other elders who have started to earn their way.
I am teaching Chinese people for quite a while now and it’s just overwhelming to see all appreciation and respect for their traditions. They all shared the plans for the following days of the holidays when parents will have 7-12 days off from work, and students are enjoying one month of winter vacation.
I just found this very interesting infographic with Fun Facts about Chinese New Year to share here.
恭喜發財(gōng xǐ fā cái) – “Wishing you wealth and prosperity”