Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar. In 2018 Chinese New Year begins on Friday 16 February and finishes on Friday 2 March. 

More fun facts:
  1. Chinese people love the colour red. In Chinese culture red symbolises good fortune and joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year. 
  2. Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. 
  3. Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar. 
  4. Since ancient times Chinese people have been using the Chinese Zodiac animals to represent the years. 2018 is the Year of the Dog. 
  5. Red envelopes are a major part of Chinese New Year. Red envelopes are called hóngbāo in Mandarin. Money is commonly put inside red envelopes and are given as a gesture of good fortune. 
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