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Chinese New Year Celebrations Begin Around the World

Chinese New Year Celebrations Begin Around the World


By    |   Friday, 16 February 2018 10:52 AM

The Chinese New Year, the most important holiday in China, began Friday and will be celebrated by millions around globally, including Vietnam, South Korea and those of Chinese descent around the world, Time magazine noted.

This year, the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival, ushers in the Year of Dog, The Guardian said. The holiday officially last through Sunday, but celebrations continue unofficially over two weeks, Time said.

TravelChinaGuide.com wrote that the festival has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years. It was used during the Shang Dynasty as an observance of the fight against the mythical monster "Nian," who liked to eat children and livestock, the website said.

The Chinese New Year aligns itself with the lunar calendar, thus the date changes each year but typically happens anywhere from late January to February when the new moon is closest to the start of spring, Time said.

According to History.com, the holiday was traditionally a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. While Chinese celebrate on Jan. 1 after adopting the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese New Year continues to be a highly anticipated traditional holiday in the country, per History.com.

The South China Morning Post wrote that the color red is most associated with the Chinese New Year because it was believed to ward off evil spirits in ancient times, while the colors black and white are avoided because they were associated with bad luck and funerals.

The Morning Post said fireworks, which are also prevalent during the Chinese New Year, are associated with scaring off unlucky spirits and thrown to attract the attention of legendary general Guan Yu, who is worshipped as a Taoist deity for his bravery and loyalty.

Lion and dragon dances, often performed during parades, are also tradition during the Chinese New Year, the publication said. Celebratory meals consisting of eight courses, including a whole fish, during the festival are seen as bringing good luck, the Morning Post said.

The Cantonese phrase "kung hei fat choy," meaning "happy new year," is heard at Chinese New Year celebrations around the world now, according to The Guardian.

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