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Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is China’s most important traditional festival, particularly for spending time with family. Observed in China with a week of public holiday, loved ones gather together to celebrate a year of hard work and enjoy rest and relaxation together as they wish for luck and prosperity in the coming year. Whether celebrating Chinese New Year has been passed down for generations in your family, or you’re new to the festivities, we love the idea of deliberate and determined time with family to celebrate one’s successes, unwind and wish each other luck in the months to come. Gong Hey Fat Choy!
The Year Ahead
In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is associated with an animal sign as well as one of five elements: Gold, Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. Both the zodiac sign and the element shape the astrology of the year. 2017 is a Fire Rooster year. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years. The rooster’s characteristics include strong sense of timekeeping, trustworthiness and responsibility, which means 2017 is a year dominated by progress, honor and integrity.
Fish is a must for Chinese New Year. It is believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck in the coming year because of the similarities between the word ‘fish’ and ‘surplus’ in Chinese. Planning to celebrate outside the house? Check out blog.to’s Top 14 restaurants for Chinese New Year.
Traditional Chinese New Year decorations are red, believed to be a fortunate color. Red lanterns, red pictures depicting prosperity and images of the rooster are common. Most of the decoration is done on Chinese New Year’s Eve. Get inspired here.
Places to Celebrate
If you’re in search of the full immersive experience for you and your family, the GTA offers a variety of celebrations you can attend. Explore out your options here.