With Chinese New Year approaching next week (Feb 5) we thought it would be interesting to share some facts about this festival that marks the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.
In 2019 we farewell the Year of the Dog and enter the Year of the Pig, which is the last in line of all 12 zodiac animals.
The Pig is said to be a lucky animal representing carefree fun, good fortune and wealth. Water zodiac signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) are predicted to have the most success in the Year of the Pig 2019 (according to the Chinese zodiac).
Those born under the sign of the Pig are said to be natural nurturers and have gentle, accommodating personalities. However their weakness is that they can be somewhat naive and overly sensitive.
Random facts about Chinese New Year
1. It is thought that the most fireworks in the world are set off that night.
2. There are 12 zodiac animals and each year is represented by one of those animals on a rotational basis – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
3. Your own zodiac year is considered your least fortunate.
4. The colour red is said to defend against misfortune, hence the prominence of the colour during celebrations and in the homes of Chinese families.
5. Approximately one-sixth of the world’s population celebrates the Chinese New Year.
6. Celebrations last for a few weeks and typically culminate in a Lantern Festival, which falls on the first full moon of the Chinese New Year (aka the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival)
7. It is tradition for families to exchange gifts of cash on Chinese New Year while the streets are filled the sounds of bells ringing and fireworks and the sights of lion dances being performed.