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Chinese New Year 2022

Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, will fall on the 1st of February this year. It marks the start of a New Year according to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar and spans for a total of 15 days. It's the time reserved for families. Traditionally, there are different activities planned for each day: moon gazing, lighting lanterns, riddles, lion dances, and eating rice balls. On the 15ths day, the celebrations finish with the Lantern Festival, which symbolizes reunion. Everyone, regardless of age and gender, goes out on the streets to celebrate together.

 

2022 is the year of the Tiger. So, if you were born in 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, that is your zodiac sign, which means you are a brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident character.

 

How is Chinese New Year Celebrated?

Red decorations such as knot pendants, lanterns, paper cuttings, calligraphy, hanging ornaments... are commonly used during the New Year festivities to dress up windows, doors, houses, shops, streets, and neighbourhoods. Billions of red envelopes are sent to families and friends to mark this occasion. Red symbolizes luck, joy, happiness, vitality, and good fortune. Did you know that if you decorate your kitchen in red, it will attract good luck to your household?

What is the traditional Chinese New Year Dessert?

The absolute must-have during Chinese New Year is Nian Gao, also called rice cake/ New Year cake. Gao means tall/high, it’s a wish to be successful and “higher” each year. Every year will be better than the last. Some funny parents like to tell their children that eating this will help them grow taller too:)

 

How will it be celebrated in London?

The main parade in London, the biggest of its kind, outside Asia, usually attracts hundreds of thousands of people from the capital and the rest of the UK. This year, it will be scaled down, due to the pandemic.

 

We wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

笑口常开 (xiào kǒu cháng kāi) – May your year be filled with an abundance of smiles and laughter.

 

Sources:

Chinese Zodiac

Chinese New Year

Red Colour

Colour Symbolism

Decorations 

Lantern Festival

Desserts
 

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