HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Chinese New Year

WHEN CHINESE NEW YEAR IS CELEBRATED

Chinese New Year’s Day’s date is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, hence the date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally used) calendar, but always in the period January 21 to February 20.
Officially Chinese New Year is celebrated on Chuyi (初一 /choo-ee/) the very first day of the new year, Chinese New Year’s Day, and Chuxi (除夕 /choo-sshee/), the last day of the previous year, Chinese New Year’s Eve.
Traditionally though celebrations can start much earlier than Chinese New Year’s Eve. Some people start to celebrate from three weeks before. The date is called Laba (腊八 /laa-baa/) the eighth day of the twelfth Chinese month, while more people celebrate from one week before — the 23rd of the twelfth month.
There are also two different closing dates. Officially it is the day when the one week holiday ends, usually the sixth day of Chinese New Year. Traditionally the ending day is the fifteenth day of the first Chinese calendar month— the Lantern Festival.

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Year of the monkey

2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY

Chinese New Year 2016 will be the year of the Monkey. For people born in the year of the monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 ), 2016 is considered an auspicious year.

The monkey is a clever animal. It is usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.
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