Chinese New Year 2024

  • Chinese New Year 2024

    Chinese New Year 2024

    Chinese New Year 2024.

    The Chinese New Year is celebrated from 10 February onwards. This year, the festivity coincides with the entrance of the Dragon, a period full of energy, creativity and renewal. The Year of the Dragon is considered especially auspicious, as the dragon is a symbol of good fortune, power and wisdom in Chinese culture.

    During the two weeks of celebrations, families will gather to share hearty meals, exchange gifts and participate in various cultural traditions.

    Food plays a key role in the celebrations. Tables will be filled with traditional Chinese dishes, such as fish, symbolising abundance and prosperity, and dumplings, representing wealth and good fortune.

    As we plunge into this new lunar cycle, the Year of the Dragon invites us to reflect on our goals and aspirations, encouraging us to pursue our dreams with courage and determination. It is a time to let go of negative energies and embrace positivity and renewal.

    We wish you a happy and prosperous Chinese Dragon New Year.

     

    Why is Chinese New Year celebrated?

    Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China and other places where there is a large ethnic Chinese population. It is celebrated to mark the beginning of a new year in the Chinese lunar calendar, which is based on the cycle of the moon phases and lasts about 354 or 355 days. Chinese New Year is an opportunity to gather with family and friends, bid farewell to the previous year and welcome the new year.

    The celebration of Chinese New Year is also an opportunity to perform rites and traditions that are believed to help bring good luck and prosperity in the new year. These traditions include cleaning the house, wearing red clothes and colourful decorations, exchanging gifts, preparing special meals and making offerings to ancestors.

    Chinese New Year begins on a different date each year, as it is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. The celebration begins on the night before the first day of the Chinese New Year and usually lasts for several days. The first day of the Chinese New Year varies between 21 January and 21 February in the Gregorian calendar, depending on the position of the moon in relation to the sun.

     

    How long do Chinese New Year celebrations last?

    The Chinese New Year usually lasts around 15 days, from the first day of the lunar new year until the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated on the 15th night of the first lunar month. During these 15 days, various celebrations and traditions take place, including gathering with family, exchanging gifts, decorating the house with red and gold motifs, and preparing special meals. However, some celebrations may extend beyond the 15 days, especially in overseas Chinese communities.

     

    Traditional food to celebrate Chinese New Year:

    Traditional Chinese New Year food includes dishes such as dumplings, spring rolls, Peking duck, hot pot and fish that symbolise prosperity and good luck for the new year. Dried fruits and sweets are also served to symbolise a sweet and lucky life.

     

    In which cities outside China is Chinese New Year most celebrated?

    Chinese New Year is widely celebrated in cities with a large ethnic Chinese population around the world. Some of the cities best known for their Chinese New Year celebrations outside China are:

    • Singapore: The city-state of Singapore celebrates Chinese New Year with parades and festivities throughout the city, including a large parade in the Chinatown district.
    • San Francisco, United States: The city of San Francisco celebrates Chinese New Year with a large parade in the Chinatown district, which is considered one of the largest and oldest outside of Asia.
    • Sydney, Australia: Sydney celebrates Chinese New Year with a huge parade in the city centre, with a large number of participants and spectators.
    • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, celebrates Chinese New Year with a large parade in the Chinatown district, as well as cultural and gastronomic events.
    • Toronto, Canada: Toronto has a huge Chinese New Year parade in the Chinatown district.

     

    How many animals does the Chinese horoscope have and which animal corresponds to which year?

    The Chinese horoscope has twelve representative animals, one for each year of the 12-year cycle. The animals are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each person born in a specific year is considered to have characteristics and personalities similar to those of the animal representing that year.

     

    Chinese horoscope animals by year:

    • Chinese New Year 2035: Rabbit
    • Chinese New Year 2034: Tiger
    • Chinese New Year 2033: Ox
    • Chinese New Year 2032: Rat
    • Chinese New Year 2031: Pig
    • Chinese New Year 2030: Dog
    • Chinese New Year 2029: Rooster
    • Chinese New Year 2028: Monkey
    • Chinese New Year 2027: Goat
    • Chinese New Year 2026: Horse
    • Chinese New Year 2025: Snake
    • Chinese New Year 2024: Dragon
    • Chinese New Year 2023: Rabbit
    • Chinese New Year 2022: Tiger
    • Chinese New Year 2021: Ox
    • Chinese New Year 2020: Rat
    • Chinese New Year 2019: Pig
    • Chinese New Year 2018: Dog
    • Chinese New Year 2017: Rooster
    • Chinese New Year 2016: Monkey
    • Chinese New Year 2015: Goat
    • Chinese New Year 2014: Horse
    • Chinese New Year 2013: Snake
    • Chinese New Year 2012: Dragon
    • Chinese New Year 2011: Rabbit
    • Chinese New Year 2010: Tiger
    • Chinese New Year 2009: Ox
    • Chinese New Year 2008: Rat
    • Chinese New Year 2007: Pig
    • Chinese New Year 2006: Dog
    • Chinese New Year 2005: Rooster
    • Chinese New Year 2004: Monkey
    • Chinese New Year 2003: Goat
    • Chinese New Year 2002: Horse
    • Chinese New Year 2001: Snake
    • Chinese New Year 2000: Dragon
    • Chinese New Year 1999: Rabbit
    • Chinese New Year 1998: Tiger
    • Chinese New Year 1997: Ox
    • Chinese New Year 1996: Rat
    • Chinese New Year 1995: Pig
    • Chinese New Year 1994: Dog
    • Chinese New Year 1993: Rooster
    • Chinese New Year 1992: Monkey
    • Chinese New Year 1991: Goat
    • Chinese New Year 1990: Horse
    • Chinese New Year 1989: Snake
    • Chinese New Year 1988: Dragon
    • Chinese New Year 1987: Rabbit
    • Chinese New Year 1986: Tiger
    • Chinese New Year 1985: Ox
    • Chinese New Year 1984: Rat
    • Chinese New Year 1983: Pig
    • Chinese New Year 1982: Dog
    • Chinese New Year 1981: Rooster
    • Chinese New Year 1980: Monkey
    • Chinese New Year 1979: Goat
    • Chinese New Year 1978: Horse
    • Chinese New Year 1977: Snake
    • Chinese New Year 1976: Dragon
    • Chinese New Year 1975: Rabbit
    • Chinese New Year 1974: Tiger
    • Chinese New Year 1973: Ox
    • Chinese New Year 1972: Rat
    • Chinese New Year 1971: Pig
    • Chinese New Year 1970: Dog
    • Chinese New Year 1969: Rooster
    • Chinese New Year 1968: Monkey
    • Chinese New Year 1967: Goat
    • Chinese New Year 1966: Horse
    • Chinese New Year 1965: Snake
    • Chinese New Year 1964: Dragon
    • Chinese New Year 1963: Rabbit
    • Chinese New Year 1962: Tiger
    • Chinese New Year 1961: Ox
    • Chinese New Year 1960: Rat

     

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