Happy Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year is an important celebration for Chinese people all over the world. It is also known as 'The Spring Festival' and celebrates the arrival of the new season. Historically it was seen as a time to worship the Gods, pray for a successful harvest and banish all monsters.
Nowadays the most important element of the Festival is the family reunion and the movement of people travelling home for the festivities, known as 'chunyun', is the biggest migration in the world.
Lunar New Year is also not just for the Chinese - Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and many other Asian countries also celebrate it as a key national holiday. Before japan adopted the gregorian calendar in 1873, it was also celebrated in Japan. Now the Japanese New Year (正月 Shōgatsu) is an annual festival with its own customs.
There isn't a set date for Chinese New Year as it is decided by the Lunar calendar and can fall anywhere between January 20th and February 21st. This year the festivities will begin on February 5th and will end with the Lantern Festival on the first full moon of the year, February 19th.
The Chinese zodiac system assigns an animal and its characteristics to each year in a repeating 12 year cycle and 2019 is the Year of the Pig. The Zodiac system plays a massive part in Chinese culture and has existed since the Qin Dynasty, that's over 2000 years ago!
The pig is the 12th in the cycle and according to myth this is because the Jade Emperor decreed that the placement would be decided by the order in which the animals arrived at his party. The pig overslept and got there last!
Do you know your Chinese Zodiac sign?
Click HERE to find out.....fun right?
Gong Xi Fa Cai
Kung Hei Fat Choy
From the team at Salt-Water Europe x