Happy Chinese New Year!

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Chinese New Year is a global celebration. 2019 is the year of the pig.

Chinese New Year follows a 12-year cycle with a changing animal as the symbol for each year. We have reached the year of the pig and last year 2018 was the year of the dog.

This huge celebration is so important to Chinese people and lasts a full 2 weeks. There are many symbols, and traditions, that have to be observed. In 2019 it begins Tuesday, February the 5th. In 2018 it was later from February 16th. It has to do with the position of the moon and the Chinese astrological tradition. Not so easy as Western New Year.

Worldwide more than 1 billion people celebrate Chinese New Year and thereby makes it possibly the biggest party of the year spanning from China, Singapore, Vancouver to Macau, London and any country where Chinese have settled.

The pig symbolizes hard work, enthusiasm, and optimism, all traits of character we can benefit from in 2019.

 

Chinesee new year Asia-Cina-lanterne

Chinese new year Asia-China-lanterne

How to celebrate Chinese New Year

As an example, we chose Singapore, where the 200 years of existence is celebrated jointly with the New Year. That makes for a major party. Fireworks invented by the Chinese take on a whole new dimension as this 15-minutes long video shows.

 

The celebration of Chinese New Year follows the new moon and starts the first day after the winter solstice. Below you can see another permanent ingredient the Lantern festival. The festival does not end until the 15. day and when the full moon is back then. You have tons of parades, people dressed as the animal of the year, lots of red color, lots of singing and music and at restaurants and at home, you eat the best food, you can prepare.

 

Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese New Year 2019

In 2019 the new moon, that defines the new year was February 4th and the full moon is Feb. 19th.

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How old is the Chinese New Year?

The origins of the Chinese New Year festival are several thousands of years old and are steeped in legends but it is unclear when the beginning of the year was celebrated before the Qin Dynasty. A small scale Spring Festival is said to have been celebrated as early as at the time of the legendary sage-emperors Yao and Shun.

You honor your forefathers and the deities at New Year.  So this way ti is celebrated in any country with a number of Chinese living.
From China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, and to the Philippines.

In huge mainland China, there are variations how to celebrate. Some start the day before the New Year itself with a family dinner. You also clean your hour or apartment thoroughly to remove evil spirits and welcome the new year.
Doors and windows are decorated with red paper with small texts like Luck and Happiness, Long Life and Prosperity. And there are fireworks in enormous numbers.

Lucky food for chinese New Year Eve

Lucky food for Chinese New Year Eve

What to eat for Chinese New Year

In northern China, dumplings are very popular. But New Year’s Eve it is for most families about healthy vegetable dishes. A bit like in Italy where green lentils are eaten New Year´s Eve symbolizing wealth.

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