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The 2018 Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February

The 2018 Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February

Unlike our New Year festivities, which always take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1, the Chinese version is a movable celebration – and the next one all kicks off in mid-February

IT’S one of the most colourful events in the calendar when people take to the streets in China and across the world in celebration.

Unlike our festivities, which always take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1, Chinese New Year varies each year – and in 2018 it all kicks off in mid-February.

In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on February 16
In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on February 16

 

When is the 2018 Chinese New Year?

The 2018 Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16.

The celebrations are tipped to last for over two weeks – and if you fancy making a trip before the festivities end, read this guide for a first-timer’s trip to China.

Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar.

New Year’s Day normally falls between January 21 and February 20.

Chinese women celebrating the New Year in Glasgow in 2016
Chinese women celebrating the New Year in Glasgow in 2016

How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?

The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound – involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances.

Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day.

A street celebration in Ankang, Shaanxi Province of China
A street celebration in Ankang, Shaanxi Province of China

Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Year’s Day.

Some teens now have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

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