Chinese New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world – and a time where the colours of red and gold proliferate! Red symbolises joy, virtue, truth and sincerity and is believed to ward off evil – it’s the traditional symbol of happiness. Monetary gifts are normally given to the younger members of the family and always in red envelopes.
This most ancient of festivals (which is also known as the Spring Festival) is a time when Chinese families and friends come together to share special foods, to honour their ancestors, to follow regional customs and traditions, to enjoy each other’s company and make plans for the year to come. It’s also a time to spring clean the home to step away any ill-fortune and to make way for good, incoming luck.
So whatever your plans for 19th February 2015, in this year of the sheep, enjoy the festivities – Gong Hey Fat Choy!
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