Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Chinese celebrate spring festival in FCT

Chinese celebrate spring festival in FCT

This ritual has a deep psychological foundation in the folk culture of China.

According to The Chinese Zodiac, the word that will best describe the upcoming lunar year is simply: action.

Twelve animals were used to repeat a cycle of 12 years. The others being Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster and Pig - in that order. It is believed that a person will take on the characteristics of whatever animal marks the year of their birth.

Sweet rice cake is served year-round but is often served during the Chinese New Year.

How Chinese Celebrate Spring Festival?

"Chinese New Year is so much about food", Lee said.

This authentic Chinese restaurant is well known for its hot pot table service.

An acrobatic dancer performs the "Hula Hoops dance" during a gala show for the Chinese Lunar New Year in Myanmar.

Pic: ReutersBEIJING: Some regions of China could suffer heavy pollution because of fireworks and unfavorable weather conditions during Lunar New Year celebrations, despite a ban on firecrackers in more than 400 cities, the Ministry of Environmental Protection warned. Their lucky numbers are said to be 3, 4 and 9, and the colours green, red and purple are also supposedly favoured by fortune. People might decorate their houses with red paper cutouts, banners and New Year paintings, many of which this year will be dog-themed.

In Guangzhou, flower fairs are popular at New Year, and all over southern China, lantern displays are common.

"People who are married or elders will put money into red envelopes and give them to children or to people who are unmarried", Lee said. It is an expression of good wishes for all achievements and opportunities in the coming year. For many migrant workers in the country's industrialised east, the holiday may be the only time of year they return home to see family and friends. Fish in Chinese is called "Yu" which means prosperity and good fortune.

People in China and across South-East Asia are getting ready to welcome the Lunar New Year with celebrations ranging from street festivals to intimate family dinners.

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