Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New year!

Chinese New Year is celebrated the 5th of February this year. This New Year is the Year of the Pig. The pig is the Chinese symbol of wealth. People born in the Year of the Pig (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)  have ‘a beautiful personality and they are blessed with good fortune in life’, they are also said to be a bit materialistic though 😉

Since over twenty percent of the world population celebrates Chinese New Year and Chinese love fire-crackers, a paramount discussion about the Chinese New Year is the setting off of fire-crackers, which usually lasts for several weeks. Fire-crackers are believed to scare off monsters and bad luck, unfortunately they however also cause enormous amounts of air pollution. With the bad air quality in many Asian cities nowadays, authorities try to ban firecrackers. In Beijing for instance, it has been illegal for thirteen years. Protests by Beijing citizens however have put them back on the market.

During Chinese New Year everything is decorated in red. The color red is another thing that is believed to scare off monsters and bad luck. People that were born in the Year of the Pig will be more sensitive and therefore will, from the 6th of February on, wear red clothing – usually underwear. So watch out for some red shine throughs.

In Yangon Chinese New year is celebrated in China Town where many Cantonese families live. The main street, Maha Bandoola, is covered with red lanterns. There are dragon dance competitions, people visit the Chinese temple and you can visit fortune tellers.

So did we the evening of the 5th and we are happy to share with you that The Year of the Pig is going to be full of love and prosperity!




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