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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy NEW YEAR! This year marks the year of the Wooden Goat!

What’s Lucky in the Year of the Goat?

Lucky Flowers: Carnations and Primroses

Lucky Numbers: Two and Seven

Lucky: Months: August and November

Lucky Colors: Red, Brown and Purple

Lucky Direction: North

If you were born in the years 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 your zodiac sign is the Goat.

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- March 5th

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 Goat from Troy Container Line!

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