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What you need to know about Chinese New Year...

By bzbeth 15 Feb 2018

We might have already celebrated the New Year here in the UK, but why not adopt the Chinese tradition too?


If you're not totally clued up on Chinese New Year or if you don't really understand it, we've got all the things you need to know:

  1. It's on 16th February
    Yes, it's not on the first day of the year and the New Year is on a different day every year. This is because it depends on the earth’s cycle around the sun because the Chinese year is based around the moon and the Lunar New Year differs every year. Confused? Us too!
  2. It's the year of the Dog!
    The zodiacs repeat every year and previous years of the Dog are 1970, 1982 and 1994. If you know someone born in that year, it's meant to be a bad year for them so maybe give them a heads up! People born in the year of the dog are meant to be honest, loyal, great friends and reliable partners too. 
  3. Red is a symbolic colour
    Apparently, red promotes good fortune and luck for the year ahead so you'll be sure to see plenty of it around. Whether it's the dragons in the parade, costumes or lanterns hung around the city, you'll be sure to see something.

  4. It's all about family
    In China, people head home from work and school/college because the New Year is all about spending time with their family. So, don't be surprised if your Chinese flatmates and friends head home for a while. 
  5. It's quite superstitious
    It is thought if you're ill on 16th Feb then you'll be ill for the year, washing your hair on New Years Day is said to be washing away all your fortune and you can't borrow any money because that will give you bad luck all year round! Better settle your debts in advance...

  6. Everyone can get involved!
    You don't have to be Chinese to celebrate. It's a great excuse to witness the fun and happy times, plus it gives you an excuse to celebrate all the amazing things about the Chinese culture.

Check out what's happening on campus or in the city and see how you and your friends can get involved in the celebrations.

Happy New Year to you - we hope 2018 is a good one for you! 

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