As Christmas comes to an end, thoughts of the New Year begin to surface. A popular New Year topic for most EYFS settings is Chinese…
Fun Facts about Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year takes place on the 5th February 2019, and this time it’s the Year of the Pig!
There are twelve zodiac animals in total, and the Pig is the last of them. Zodiac signs are an important part of Chinese culture, and can help individuals decide on important life decisions throughout the year.
The system has existed in Chinese culture for more than 2000 years since the Qin dynasty, and over time has been incorporated into every day life.
Here are a few facts about the occasion that we’ve put together to help you celebrate the occasion:
- You might think that your Zodiac year is lucky, but actually… it isn’t! It’s actually considered to be a time you have to persevere and get through; a hurdle to jump over. Sorry Pigs!
- The date of Chinese New Year changes This is because it follows the lunar calendar. It usually occurs January-February. This year it takes place on the 5th February 2019.
- Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival This is because it takes place at the start of Spring, the time of year which brings new beginnings.
- There are twelve zodiac symbols Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Certain animals are ‘compatible’ with each other, and others are not!
- Celebrations for Chinese New Year last a while… 15 days in fact! This is the biggest holiday of the year for the Chinese people, and people around the world.
- A lot of people celebrate Chinese New Year One sixth of the world’s population in fact! Most people in China have between 7-12 days off work.
- Red is the colour of choice Red is often associated with China, and this is because it is considered a lucky colour. Brides even wear red! Decorations are also generally red, as it symbolises happiness and prosperity as well as good luck.
- Children receive red envelopes Instead of gifts, children are given red envelopes with money in them from family members. This might not seem as fun, but children are allowed to spend their money on whatever they want.
- The most recent Years of the Pig were… 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007.
- According to one myth, the Pig is the last Zodiac animal because… All of the animals were invited to a party held by the Jade Emperor and the Pig was the last to arrive because he overslept!