Chinese New Year

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Happy Year of the Dog!

The Chinese years are all marked by animals. February 16 is the start of another Chinese New Year — the Year of the Dog. It is a cycle of 12 years that corresponds to the 12 earthly branches of: Shu (rat),…

In this version, we use glass jars instead to present a sugared treat of candied orange peel, or kumquats, if preferred. (Image:  Gaëlle Didillon/Taste of Life )

Live Sweet and Prosper

An inextricable part of the lantern-lit magic that surrounds Chinese New Year celebrations is its rich symbolism, rooted in millennia-long traditions and the wisdom of an ancient culture. Some of the Lunar New Year’s most meaningful rituals revolve around food…

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The Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese New Year is more than just one day. It is a set of festivities, which, put together, have the purpose of seeing out the old and welcoming the new.

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Auspicious Symbols for the Chinese New Year

Auspicious patterns or symbols are important components of Chinese traditional culture. From ancient times, it has been common for Chinese families to fill their homes with auspicious symbols during Chinese…

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Happy Year of the Dog!

The Chinese years are all marked by animals. February 16 is the start of another Chinese New Year — the Year of the Dog. It is a cycle of 12 years…

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Chinese New Year: What You Need to Know

Unlike the New Year celebration’s date most of us in North or South America, Europe, or Australia are used to, Chinese New Year is never on the same date.

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Traditions for Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is coming on February 16. This year, we will welcome the Year of the Dog. The 11th animal in the Chinese zodiac, the dog usually represents loyalty,…

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Live Sweet and Prosper

An inextricable part of the lantern-lit magic that surrounds Chinese New Year celebrations is its rich symbolism, rooted in millennia-long traditions and the wisdom of an ancient culture. Some of…

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Chinese New Year Rituals

Like many traditional Chinese festivities, Chinese New Year is rich in customs and rituals. Among the different Chinese dialect groups, there are many similar and different rituals for Chinese New…

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China’s Folk Art: New Year Woodblock Prints

The traditional folk art of Chinese New Year woodblock prints used to be the primary form of decoration in households throughout China. Although this art form had its highest showing…

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Childhood Memories of Chinese New Year

I have lived outside China for over 20 years. After moving overseas, for more than 10 years I still chose to return to China to celebrate Chinese New Year. I…

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Five Blessings for the Chinese New Year

One popular custom for the Chinese New Year is for each family member to take a turn trying to recite as many sayings as possible. This is no easy task, as there…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

The eve of Chinese New Year signifies a farewell to yesterdays and a greeting to a new era, so for the Chinese people the most important thing to do on…

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Legends of Chinese New Year

It all started with a terrible monster… In ancient China, there was a terrible monster called Nian 年兽 (pronounced nián shòu) that ate people, crops, and livestock on the last…

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Daily Chinese New Year Festival Guide

During the New Year holidays, streets are alive with festive events and activities. The atmosphere of celebration lasts until the end of the 15th day. Here is a guide to…

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10 Taboo Things to Avoid During Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year weighs a lot on Chinese people’s minds; not only will they observe the traditional Chinese culture by adhering to ancient traditions, they will also try to avoid violating…

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Chinese New Year’s Eve

Chinese New Year’s Eve is the last day of the lunar calendar when the Chinese get ready to welcome the first day of the new lunar year. Following is a…