Today is Chinese New Year – so wishing everyone happiness and prosperity!
Or 恭喜发财 [Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) or Gung Hay Fat Choy (Cantonese)]
2021 is the Year of the Ox. People born in an Ox year are said to be dependable and determined, just like an ox.
Although celebrations are online this year because of Covid, people traditionally go home to meet up with family. The biggest family gatherings are usually on Chinese New Year’s Eve, where families remember the past year.
Other customs are:
- Red decorations and lanterns. Red symbolises good luck and prosperity.
- Fireworks are let off.
- Children are given red envelopes with money inside.
- People eat traditional foods such as dumplings, fish, rice balls, spring rolls, and fish. Different parts of China have different food traditions.
- Last, but not least, the Chinese New Year Parade in London, with lion dancers, music and dance.