HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR - Gong Xi Fa Cai
For Chinese families at school and Chinese people all over the world, the Lunar New Year is the most important celebration of the year, a time for happy reunions, family and friends, rich in colourful traditions and customs.
2017 is the year of the tenth Chinese zodiac, the ROOSTER. Starting from 28 January, colourful celebrations to welcome in the YEAR OF THE ROOSTER will continue for around two weeks, ending on 2 February.
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. Red clothing is considered essential as red is considered a lucky colour. Traditionally, children are given red envelopes 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!
Each day has its own celebration: while on Day 2 it is traditional to visit friends and relatives, on Day 3 people tend to stay at home as it is not seen as auspicious to socialise. The final day, Day 15, sees the Lantern Festival, where red Chinese lanterns are released into the sky.