Happy Chinese New Year!

Cock-a-doodle-doo, it’s the Chinese New Year on January 28th! Can you guess the correct combination for the Chinese New Years of 2016, 2017 and 2018?

A) Pig – Rooster – Dragon
B) Monkey – Rooster – Dog
C) Rabbit – Rooster – Horse

Beware of the Year

According to legend, the Chinese New Year started with a fight against a mythical creature called a ‘Year’. This beast was said to be half ox, half lion and lived in the sea. When New Years Eve came he would creep from his lair into villages and homes to cause great destruction, harming people, animals and property. Over time, people came to realise that the Year feared the colour red, loud noises and fire and this is where the tradition of hanging lanterns outside of your home, lighting fireworks and decorating the home with red decorations started – it’s thought that these things drive away evil.

Two weeks of celebration!

If you’re celebrating the Chinese New Year this year, you can expect to start celebrating from New Years Eve until about 15 days after New Years Day. After you have cleaned your house and put up the traditional decorations, your celebrations will centre around family and friends. You’ll visit your nearest and dearest, enjoy a spot of shopping, watch traditional Chinese films, partake in traditional ceremonies, watch firework displays and plan for the year ahead – there really isn’t much difference in how we celebrate our solar New Year!

Why does the Chinese New Year start on a different date each year?

Unlike our year, which is based upon the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on a traditional lunisolar calendar. This means that it is defined by the phases of the moon and the time of the solar year. You may have noticed that the Chinese New Year starts on a different date every year; this is because lunar months are usually 2 days shorter than our solar months, so every few years an extra month is added to ‘even things out’.

If you’d like to wish your loved ones a very happy Chinese New Year wherever they might be around the world, you can do so for a lot less than you might think! To call to a variety of destinations from as little as 1p per min, click here.

“Gong Xi Fa Cai”
Congratulations and prosperity for the new year,

from the Cherry Call team!

*Answer: Monkey – Rooster – Dog.

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