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Friday, January 27, 2006

CHINESE NEW YEAR

This year, 2006, Chinese New Year falls on Sunday, January 29th. This is the Year of the Dog. There are twelve animal names in the Chinese calendar, so the names are rotated every twelve years. Chinese New Year is determined by the second new moon after the winter solstice.

New Years Eve and New Years Day are typically celebrated with family. The holiday includes traditional foods such as jai (a special vegetarian dish), whole fish for togetherness, chicken for prosperity, and noodles for a long life. There are many New Years rituals and traditions, including a sacrifice to the ancestors to symbolize family unity.

In many cities, including Vancouver and Toronto, there are Chinese New Year celebrations. Usually these include a parade or other events in the city’s Chinatown. Check with your local Tourist office for Chinese New Year events in your city.


Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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