Happy New Year – Year of the 猴

Happy new year! The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year.

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.

As always, China puts on a massive show on the evening of the first night to celebrate the country and the holiday. This year, the show was noticeably more nationalist than usual throughout the entire night. Read more here while you eat some dumplings.

Chinese New Year Preparations
General view of Gerrard Street, in the Chinatown district of London ahead of celebrations to mark Chinese New Year on February 8th. Picture date: Friday February 5, 2016. 2016 is the year of the Monkey. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Find out your zodiac animal and your lucky charms (numbers, colours, characteristics) here.

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