Chinese New Year February 19


Chinese New Year is a very important holiday in China. Also called the Spring Festival, it marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the spring. Chinese New Year starts on a New Moon and ends with the lantern festival on the full moon 15 days later.  According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2015 is the Year of the Goat ! The Year of the Goat begins February 19th and lasts until February 7th of 2016.

“The sheep (goat, or ram) is among the animals that people enjoy the most. It is gentle and calm. Since ancient times, people have learned to use its fleece to make writing brushes and skin to keep warm. As it is white, people describe delicate and precious white jade to be ‘suet jade’. Thus it is close to the meaning of good things.”

 “Gung hay fat choy,” a common Chinese New Year’s greeting in Cantonese, means “May you become prosperous.” On Chinese New Year, the themes of happiness, wealth, and longevity are celebrated. On Chinese New Year, families reunite, special foods are eaten, fireworks are lit, and children receive money in lucky red paper envelopes.

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