It’s the Chinese New Year! Here’s 12 things you need to know about the celebrations
- 2015 is the year of the Goat or the Sheep (from the Chinese character “yang”)
- Those born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1967, 1979, 1991 or 2003 are goats. And we have 1 teapig (Rosie) born in the year of the goat!
- It is based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar – it falls on the 2nd new moon after the winter solstice – between 21st January and 19th February - so it means it changes every year!
- It is the longest and most important holiday in the Chinese calendar
- It is the largest annual human migration – everybody leaves home to visit their families
- People who are not married received a red envelope with money to bring happiness and good fortune. Who gives them out? Those who are married.
- Children keep the envelope under their pillow as long as possible to bring them more luck.
- People wear red clothing to scare the mythical monster
- Cleaning and decorating (or a bit of DIY) is always on the agenda to the run up to the celebrations.
- On the final day – day 15 - red lanterns are released into the sky.
- London will be celebrating the Chinese New Year on Sunday 22nd February from 10am to 6pm in Trafalgar square
- Have a cup of teapigs Jasmine tea to celebrate in style!
XIN NIAN KUAI LE – SAN NIN FAAI LOK