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Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Friday 31st January marks the start of the Chinese New Year – Kung Hei Fat Choi! (Happy New Year!)

Green and red traditional Chinese Dragon used in festivals

Chinese New Year traditions:

  • Clean your house from top to bottom and pay off all debts before New Year.
  • Decorate your home to welcome in the New Year. Red is a popular colour as it scares away evil spirits and bad fortune.
  • Wear new clothes and ensure you are polite to others on the first day of the New Year – it sets the tone for the year to come.
  • Celebrate New Year with a family dinner. Traditional dishes include uncut noodles – a symbol of longevity – and fish and chicken, symbols of prosperity.
  • Kite flying is a popular New Year tradition in Korea.
  • Enjoy a soup of thinly-sliced rice cakes (duk gook) – a traditional New Year meal in Korea. Because everyone turns a year older with the start of each New Year (and not on their birthday), many people tell their children that they can’t get older unless they’ve eaten some duk gook.
  • Refrain from uttering words relating to misfortune, such as ‘death’, ‘broken’, ‘killing’, ‘ghost’ and ‘illness’ during New Year as this may bring bad luck for the year to come.
  • Give younger members of the family red lai-see (‘lucky money’) envelopes to pass on prosperity.

Chinese zodiac signs

2014 is the year of the Wooden Horse. Wood Horses are strong and stable and have a better ability to make decisions. Excellent at interacting with others, they are successful personally and professionally.

Scroll down to find the year you were born, and your Chinese astrology sign. For more information on your sign, click here.

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Image of traditional red Chinese wooden horse

Rat: intellectual, imaginative, charming

  • 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008

Ox: honest, motivated, genuine

  • 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009

Tiger: brave, unpredictable, resilient

  • 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010

Rabbit: friendly, talented, calm

  • 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011

Dragon: innovative, self-assured, passionate

  • 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012

Snake: wise, intuitive, charming

  • 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013

Horse: friendly, positive, sophisticated

  • 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014

Sheep: artistic, elegant, kind

  • 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015

Monkey: witty, clever, resourceful

  • 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016

Rooster: hard-working, courageous, romantic

  • 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017

Dog: loyal, compassionate, honest

  • 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018

Pig: reliable, generous, devoted

  • 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019

All information found at www.sydneychinesenewyear.com

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