CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018 - 16th Feb - 2nd March



Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history. It is the most important and elaborate annual event for Chinese people.
Similar to our Christmas Day, it is traditional festival where whole families get together.

Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar Calendar so the dates vary each year.  This year Chinese New Year falls on 16th February and culminates on 2nd March with the colourful Lantern Festival. 

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.

Traditionally, children are given red envelopes stuffed with 'lucky money' and positive wishes on New Year's Day.

As well as feasting, the celebrations include bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion and Dragon dances.

Each year is represented by a zodiac animal on the lunar-solar Chinese calendar. As China sees out 2017 - the Year of the Rooster, it will welcome in 2018 as the Year of the Dog!

Chidren can join in the celebrations by dressing up in one of our colourful girls or boys costumes suitable for Chinese New Year.  



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