Did you Know? Obelisk’s Top Ten Chinese New Year Facts

Obelisk’s Top Ten Chinese New Year Facts

  1. Chinese New Year dates back 4,000 years
  2. The largest celebration outside of China takes place in London
  3. The Chinese use fireworks to keep evil spirits away – especially Nian, the New Year monster
  4. Red is the official colour of Chinese New Year. Look out for the lanterns
  5. The Dragon Dance – for many people the symbol of China – brings good luck to people, but after the dance is over the dragon’s head and tail are burnt
  6. At Chinese New Year, people give money to children, in envelopes called Red Packets
  7. The date for Chinese New Year changes each year but always falls between January 20 and February 21, depending on the Chinese Lunar Year
  8. 20% of the world’s population celebrate Chinese New Year – with 1.3 billion people in China enjoying a three-day public holiday
  9. The festival – especially the dinner on New Year’s Eve – is an opportunity to reconcile and reunite with people
  10. Each year, Chinese New Year has a symbol. In 2016, it is the Year of the Monkey.