Happy Chinese New Year!
This weekend, Chinese people across the globe will be bidding farewell to the Year of the Rabbit and ushering in the Year of the Dragon.
Their calendar is based upon lunar cycles. Celebrations are set to begin with New Year’s Eve on 22nd January just before the moon reaches its darkest phase, and continue until 28th January, which marks the end of the Spring Festival as the moon is at its brightest.
People come together to share feasts with friends and family, giving money in red envelopes to symbolise good fortune, cleaning the home to sweep away bad luck, lighting fireworks, and performing the spectacular ‘dragon dance’. In towns and cities across the UK, public events will also be held by Chinese communities to mark the occasion.
People born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be brave, confident and strong. Famous ‘dragons’ include Martin Luther King, John Lennon and Bruce Lee!
To find out more about Chinese New Year, and discover which animal represents the year of your birth, read the feature on page 9 of the latest issue of Creative Life.