Chinese New Year evokes images of vibrant parades, dragon floats and delicious food.
In China and in countless other locations around the worlds, millions will welcome the Year of the Pig this Chinese New Year.
But what is Chinese New Year and why is 2019 the Year of the Pig? Here’s everything you need to know about the Chinese holiday known as the Spring Festival:
When is Chinese New Year?
As it’s dependent on the lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year is celebrated on a different day every year. With that said however, it normally falls between January 31 and February 20.
In 2019, the Chinese New Year will fall on Tuesday February 5.
Festivities are expected to last until February 19, with New Year’s Eve on February 4 and New Year’s Day on February 5 being the most important celebrations.
How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?
The best way to describe it is a celebration of light and sound, with colourful parades and festivals.
Chinese families gather together for a dinner on the eve of New Year and many clean their homes to get rid of the bad energy in time for the Spring Festival.
Fireworks and firecrackers are set off at midnight to cast away any bad luck and bring forth good luck. Children also traditionally receive ‘luck money’ on New Year’s Day. This is generally gifted in red envelopes, although many teenagers now have ‘red envelope apps,’ so money can be transferred digitally.
Why is it the Year of the Pig?
The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle and each year has a corresponding animal.
This year it’s the Year of the Pig, which means people born in 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007 are all ‘pigs.’
For example, this year is the ‘Earth Pig,’ meaning those born in this year will be good at socializing and maintaining relationships. Other types of ‘pig’ include the Wood Pig, Fire Pig, Metal Pig and Water Pig.
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