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Celebrate Chinese New Year

By Emma @glasgowfoodie
Celebrate Chinese New Year

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Happy Chinese New Year

It's the start of the Chinese New Year today (Friday 16th February) and so we end a busy week (Valentine's Day, Pancake Day) with more fun!

Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar. The date can fall between January 21 and February 20.

Which animal represents 2018?

2018 is the Year of the Dog. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, and those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are also known as Dogs. The animal associated with your birth year will determine your personality traits. Those born in the year of the dog will be communicative, serious and responsible in the workplace.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Which Chinese zodiac animal am I?

The Chinese animal zodiac repeats every 12 years with a new animal each New Year. Use them list below to check out which animal you are.

Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958
Pig: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959

Click here to find out more about your Chinese Animal traits.

5 ways to celebrate Chinese New Year

1. Eat noodles Celebrate longevity in life with a meal with noodles.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

2. Decorate your home with red and gold. Red signifies good luck and energy. Gold is wealth and happiness.

3. Eat some fish. Fish is a lucky food. Serving a whole fish - head and tail - shows you are rich and also symbolises happy beginnings and endings.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

4. Set off some firecrackers. Firecrackers are traditionally wrapped in red paper so some good luck there. The exploding crackers will scare away any evil spirits around your home.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

5. Give red envelopes with money to bring luck and fortune to family.

Happy New Year !

Celebrate Chinese New Year
Celebrate Chinese New Year

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