Chinese New Year: what it is and how to celebrate it

Chinese New Year: what it is and how to celebrate it

The number is expected to grow again this year. "But the one thing we used to do as kids was, even after service, it was the only time in the year we would have dinner".

Among the many beliefs and rituals surrounding Chinese New Year, it is also a time to honor family and deities.

Lee says the celebrations also involve a lot of candies.

Spring Festival is considered as the traditional Chinese New Year celebrated on the first day of the Chinese lunar year.

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"Some believe that celebrating Chinese New Year will make them earn good incomes from businesses in the New Year, as others take this occasion to pray to their ancestors and to enjoy a family reunion", he said. Married couples give red envelopes containing money to those who are single, which is a symbol of blessings and love, and money is often given to elders by the younger generation. Now, many teenagers have red envelope apps, allowing relatives to transfer currency digitally.

Chinese people eat a special cake known as "Nian Gao" or New Year's cake. Most people prefer to wear red-colored clothes on the spring festival. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting.

One ingredient featured in Lunar New Year dishes is known in English as fat choy or black moss, an edible algae.

In Guangzhou, flower fairs are popular at New Year, and all over southern China, lantern displays are common.

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The prime minister said Cambodia observes three New Year festivals in a year - the Universal New Year, the Chinese New Year and the Khmer (Cambodian) New Year.

- On the lunar Chinese calendar each year is represented by a zodiac animal.

In his message posted on Facebook and Twitter, Moon also vowed to make every effort to support people's wishes to lead happy lives this year.

He speaks with a London accent and although his family comes from Hong Kong, he knows the city mainly as a visitor, rather than as a spiritual home. During what is known as chunyun, a 40-day travel season, almost 3 billion trips are expected to be made using public transport between February 1 and March 12, according to China's Ministry of Transport.

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