Jan 16th 2019
Chinese New Year [5th February 2019]
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival called ‘chunjie’ (春节), is celebrated by more than 20% of people in the world. It’s the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over.
For 2019, Chinese New Year occurs on 5th February 2019 and ends on 19th February 2019. There’s no set date for Chinese New Year. The date is calculated according to the Lunar calendar and it is celebrated over 15 days. Usually Chinese New Year ranges from January 21 to February 20. In 2019.
During Chinese New Year, gifts called “red packets or pockets”, which usually include money are given to children and also given between bosses and employees, co-workers and friends. The given of red packets during Chinese New Year is a custom and is believed that the giver will be blessed for the transferring or giving of money (good fortune) to recipients.
Chinese usually decorate everything in red for Chinese New Year which could include hanging red lanterns, red paper onto doors and windows. There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals, 2019 is the year of the pig.
The New Year greeting in Chinese is “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (新年快乐) (Happy New Year). In Hong Kong and other Cantonese-speaking regions, it’s more common to say “Gong Hei Fat Choy”, in Mandarin Chinese, it’s “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (恭喜发财). It means “Wishing you good fortune”.
The last day of Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival. In Auckland, the Lantern Festival will be held at the Auckland Domain from 14th to 17th February 2019.