If you’re still in the mood for a celebration that’s even better than New Year’s Eve, you’re in luck, as here at Hakka we have beenÂ celebrating Chinese New Year! But how much do you actually know about Chinese New Year? Here are 10 facts about this much anticipated celebration that takes place not just in Asia but all over the world…
1. As it is marked by the Chinese lunisolar calendar, the dates for Chinese New Year change every year – this year it being February 8th.
2. Chinese New Year is also known the Spring Festival.
3. Every Chinese New Year is characterised as being of one of the 12 animals from the Chinese zodiac. This year going to be year of the monkey! People who were born on the year of the monkey are considered to be clever, quick-witted and enthusiastic.
4. Chinese New Year festivities don’t last just one day, but an exhilarating 15 days altogether – starting the day before New Year and lasting until the Lantern Festival, which is on the 15th day of the new year.
5. On Chinese New Year families, friends and acquaintances give out red envelopes with money to each other, as a way of wishing good fortune and prosperity to others. However these envelopes are reserved to those who are yet to be married!
6. Chinese culture is full of fascinating superstitions, including a series of things that should be avoided on the first day of Chinese New Year – some of these things being taking medicine, washing your hair, sweeping and eating porridge for breakfast.
7. Red is the colour of Chinese New Year, as it is believed to ward off bad luck and misfortune. The streets celebrating Chinese New Year will be covered in red decorations and even wearing red underwear is part of the celebration!
8. Eating fish is an absolute must on Chinese New Year, as the word ‘fish’ rhymes with the word ‘surplus’ in Chinese – therefore, having fish is believed to bring a surplus of money and good fortune in the new year.
9. Other traditional foods for Chinese New Year include, spring rolls and rice cakes.
10. Chinese New Year is not just about having the right food, it’s about preparing, displaying and even eating it the right way too! In the case of fish it should be the last dish to be eaten, and some should be left over.
So why donâ€™t you join in on the celebrations and order some of our delicious meals for Chinese New Year? Not that you need an excuse to enjoy some of our new Eat Out Eat Well fish dishes, such as Salmon Garlic Fried Rice or Spicy Tuna and Spring Onion Fried Rice!