What are you doing to celebrate Chinese New Year this weekend? Spending time with family? Eating good food? Doing some extra Chinese with Mike practice?
Of course, Chinese New Year is celebrated in many places around the world, not just China, and sometimes it’s referred to as the Lunar New Year. Traditionally this festival is a family celebration where people relax, eat good food, celebrate the previous year and wish for a prosperous year ahead, believing that it’s lucky to get the year off to a good start. Nice idea, right? Red is the festival colour which is why you’ll see lots of red decorations around at Chinese New Year. Fish, dumplings, spring rolls, rice cakes and sweet rice balls are also traditional New Year foods. Delicious!
Saturday January 28th, 2017 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese lunar calendar. It always comes after the Year of the Monkey and before the Year of the Dog. If you were born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, then you’re a Rooster! Roosters are thought to be hardworking, happy and loyal people. Is this true of the Roosters you know? Can you guess Chinese zodiac animal sign I am…?
Lantern festival usually marks the end of the New Year celebrations, this year on February 11th – candles are often lit outside houses and there are walks and folk art shows or dances along the streets with people carrying lanterns. You can see some great photos online from lantern festivals around the world. Feel free to share yours if you have any on my Twitter page, too!
With that, I wish you all a very happy Chinese New Year.
Now, back to work – who can tell me how to say Happy New Year in Chinese?