The festival of Chinese New Year is one of the oldest traditions in the world today and dates back almost 4000 years. In today’s modern China it is often known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year Festival. Chinese New Year is celebrated not only in China but in many other parts of Asia too such as Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Vietnam Thailand and Singapore to name a few. It is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated festivals in the world, with many families travelling long distances to see in the New Year together. As with most Chinese festivals, Chinese New Year is celebrated with an explosion of light and colour with family and food at the heart of the celebrations.
The Chinese Zodiac moves in a 12 year cycle with each year of the cycle being represented by one of 12 animals. Chinese Astronomers believe that the year of your birth and the animal this represents determines a lot about your personality. This year, 2018, represents the year of the dog and in particular the earth dog. It is said that anyone born under the sign of the earth dog will be communicative, serious and responsible in work.
To determine your Chinese zodiac symbol please see the chart below:
Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984 Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985 Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986 Monkey: 2016, 2004,1992
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987 Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988 Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989 Pig: 2019, 2006, 1995
With the festivities set to last 15 days there are plenty of opportunities to join in with the celebrations. Chinese New year is also a significant times to reflect, relax and enjoy time spent with family and friends.
To all the international students residing with us here at Kings Road Student Accommodation we wish you a very happy Chinese New Year and hope 2018 brings you happiness, peace and prosperity.