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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy NEW YEAR! This year marks the year of the Monkey!

What’s Lucky in the Year of the Monkey?

Lucky numbers: 4 and 9

Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month

Lucky colors: white, blue, gold

Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle

Lucky directions: north, northwest, west

Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12

The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is a sixteen day celebration in China. The celebration begins a few days prior to the New Year with the cleaning out of homes, also known as “sweeping the dust,” and is meant to bid farewell to the year while encouraging new order. However, Chinese people do not clean the first two days of the New Year, it is believed that cleaning on those days would sweep away good luck.

On New Year’s Eve, once all cleaning has been completed, the decorating and celebrating can commence! New Year’s Eve festivities include the hanging of New Year’s paintings and paper cut-outs, affixing religious images to doors, attending a reunion dinner and distributing red envelopes to children (normally this is done after the reunion dinner). At the stroke of midnight, bells can be heard throughout the country to mark the start of the new year.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

Once the bell has rung, the sky will be illuminated with fireworks to welcome the New Year. In small cities and rural areas, firecrackers can also be heard and seen going off at the stroke of midnight in addition to fireworks. On New Year’s Day it is tradition to greet people by saying ‘Gongxi,’ which translates into ‘respectful joy’ ‘greetings,’ or ‘congratulations.’

DAY 2

On the second day of the New Year, traditionally, married daughters visit their parents.

DAYS 3-7

From the third to the seventh day of the New Year, people visit relatives and friends. Some also visit the tombs or graves of their relatives.

DAY 8

On the eighth day of the New Year most people in China have to return to work, including government employees, as the government reopens for business on this day.

DAY 15

The Lantern Festival occurs on the fifteenth day of celebrations. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Spring Festival… Stay tuned for more information about the Lantern Festival!

Happy Year of the Monkey from Troy Container Line!