Chinese New Year!
This year Chinese New Year begins on Monday 8thFebruary and ends on January 27th 2017.
The new year, also known as the spring festival, is marked by the Chinese lunisolar calendar, so the dates change every year. Traditional festivities usually start the day before Chinese New Year and continues until the lantern festival, which is on the 15th day of the new year.
Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals, which appear in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. The Zodiac Calendar is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) which have a time length of 1 year.
This year we have fallen on the 9th animal in the cycle, the monkey! Surprisingly, the next year of the monkey will be in 2028. People born in the year the monkey are said to be lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischevious.
Did you know that Chinese people believe that porridge should not be eaten on the New Years Day because it is considered that only the poor eat porridge for breakfast, and people don’t want to start the year as ‘poor’ as it is a bad omen.
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