When is Chinese New Year 2018? And which animal is it this year?

January 20, 2018
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Chinese New Year , also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is just around the corner.

The important Chinese festival is celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar and is traditionally marked with the giving of gifts and celebrations with family.

The annual event will see millions of people get involved with spectacular festivities, street parties and ceremonies across the globe.

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All this is happening in 2018

When is Chinese New Year 2018?

Chinese New Year starts on Friday February 16.

Celebrations last up to two weeks and in China employees get seven days public holiday including the weekend.

Traditional dancing from children in Woking
(Image: Alistair Wilson)

Why does the date change every year?

Chinese New Year takes place on a different date every year, because it is based on the lunar calendar.

The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20.

Lion dance as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations 2017 in Woking
(Image: Alistair Wilson)

Which animal represents this year?

The Chinese calendar attaches different animals from the zodiac to each lunar year in a cycle of 12 years.

This year is the year of the dog.

The 12 animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Last year was year of the rooster.

The Chinese Association of Woking celebrate the New Year in Woking town centre. Traditional Chinese martial arts by children
(Image: Alistair Wilson)

How is Chinese New Year celebrated?

Chinese New Year is celebrated with the ringing of bells, the lighting of firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances.

In China New Year’s Eve is seen as an important date, with families gathering together for a reunion dinner. Firecrackers are then let off to signal the end of last year and the beginning of next.

On New Year’s Day, families gather, clean their houses and sweep away bad-fortune.

Red envelopes stuffed with “lucky money” are given to children, along with written wishes for their kids to grow up healthy.

Dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/chinese-new-year-2018-animal-14156830


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