As of tomorrow a third of the population will be celebrating the Chinese new year of 4713, which lasts for fifteen days.
Legend has it that in ancient times Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve of these animals came and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that’s animals personalities. This year is the year of the Goat so people born in the year are often artistic, charming, sensitive and sweet. The Goat is shown as the most creative animal out of all the other twelve. Famous Celebrities such as Jamie Fox, Mel Gibson and Bruce Willis are a few of the celebrities that fall into the year of the goat.
Many cultural Chinese activities occur during the festival. From firecrackers, ancestor worship, dragon dances, lion dances and even occasionally performances such as the emperor’s wedding. Chinese streets, buildings, houses, people, almost everything is decorated in red. Red is the colour dominant in the Chinese New Year, where gifts are handed out in red envelopes full of “lucky money”. These festivals shouldn’t be missed!
Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at Cherry Call!
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