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16 Feb. 2018 Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is counted as one of the most vibrant and most enthusiastic events being awaited by a lot of people from different parts of the world.
So, when is the Chinese New Year going to be celebrated in the year 2018?
The celebration for 2018’s Chinese New Year will start on the 16th of February 2018. The whole tradition is believed to last for two weeks and the dates of when the celebration begins may be different every year as the Chinese people base it on their lunar calendar. The beginning of the festivities is usually between the 21st of January and the 20th of February.
How do the people celebrate the Chinese New Year?
Well, since then, the Chinese New Year has been a representation of colorful lights, costumes and ribbons. There are also setting up of firecrackers, bell ringing and the customary and classic lion dances. No Chinese New Year celebration will ever be complete without these.
For the Chinese people, families would assemble and meet with each other to celebrate over a reunion dinner party on the eve of New Year’s. They also have this tradition of cleaning their houses on New Year’s day because they believe that it sweeps away and removes bad luck and bad fortune.
The tradition also includes the distribution and handing out red envelopes with “lucky money” and “good wishes” in it to the children. Nowadays, as everything can be done electronically, the Chinese teenagers could download a red envelope application through the Internet and ask their family and relatives to transfer the money via the application instead of giving them actual red envelopes.
2018 is the year of what animal in the Chinese zodiac?
2018 is said to be the Year of the Dog.
There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals and these are the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig and these moves and changes in a 12-year cycle.
Rat – 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox – 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger – 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit – 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon – 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake – 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse – 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Goat – 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey – 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster – 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog – 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Pig – , 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
The Chinese zodiac animal will just change on the day of the Chinese New Year itself and not on the 1st of January. According to the traditional Asian astrology, it is strongly believed that whichever year you are born in comes with a representation of a Chinese zodiac animal that influences and could say a lot about your personal characteristic and traits.
For example, the year 2018 will be the year of the Earth Dog, and those who are born in an Earth Dog year is believed to be a serious person, communicative and responsible when it comes to work. The last time that it was the year of the Earth Dog was in 1958.
The Chinese New Year celebration will last for a total of 16 days in 2018, starting on the 16th of February 2018 up to the 3rd of March 2018. The Chinese people announce a week of public holiday from the 15th to the 21st of February 2018 which results to days off from work.
At the end of the festivities is the Lantern Festival where they set up beautiful and colorful lanterns and serve food such as sweet rice dumpling soup, spring rolls and niangao.
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