What is the Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year marks the start of the new year in the traditional Chinese Calendar. Like many other traditional calendars, the Chinese Calendar follows a lunar system and is celebrated with the appearance of the new moon between the dates 21st January and 20th February.
Each new year is associated with a zodiac sign according to the twelve-year cycle and where it falls in the cycle. The zodiac signs are all represented by animals and each year is attributed to animals in this specific order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Hen, Dog, Pig.
The festivals and celebration surrounding the Chinese New Year.
While the Chinese New Year may have been introduced into ancient Chinese culture, it has evolved today to become one of the largest celebrations held.
Many traditions are followed, such as decorating windows and doors with red paper cutouts as they are thought to invite fortune and prosperity into the family. Firecrackers and handing out money in red envelopes to children is also a custom that is widely practised at New Years. The New Year’s Celebrations continue for 15 days and are ended by the Lantern Festival symbolised by families walking down streets carrying lanterns.
What 2019 the Year of the Pig holds for you?
If you’re looking for insight on what 2019 holds for you according to the Chinese horoscope, you need first to find out what zodiac sign you belong to the year you were born in. So, you’d need to do a little digging to know what 2019 holds for you. Still, it is the Year of the Pig, which symbolizes wealth, so who knows, it might be a great year after all!
Between the 5th – 19th February — there is a complete closure in the Far East for 2 weeks for Chinese New Year celebrations. If you have time-sensitive promotional item orders, please speak from our team asap to ensure we can supply your promotional products on time.