The beginning of Chinese New Year 2014 fell on January 31 and was celebrated across the world, but there is much more to this holiday than simply celebrating the beginning of a new year. Here are 50 incredible facts about Chinese New Year that you may not have known!

The Festival

The first day of Chinese New Year – or Spring Festival, as it’s also knows – falls between January 31st and February 21st, and lasts for fifteen days each of which plays an important role. For example, the second day of the celebrations is thought to be the birthday of all dogs.

Through Time And Across The World

Although you may consider the year to be 2014, this Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the year 4712 in China. This year is also The Year Of The Horse, the last of which fell on 2002.

Traditions

During the New Year festivities, red envelopes filled with money are given to children for good luck. Red is the prominent colour of Chinese New Year, as it symbolises fire which is believed to ward of evil spirits. Many also get new hair cuts, so that evil spirits cannot recognise them and follow them into the new year.

Things To Avoid

Cleaning, debts, borrowing, washing your hair, scissors and crying are all avoided during the festivities.

Food

As eight is considered a lucky number in China, eight courses are served during the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Many also eat fish, uncut noodles, lobster, chicken and watermelon seeds, they may also display oranges outside their home to promote wealth.

Legends

The order of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac is said to be decided due to a race, Rat is first as it’s said he rode on the back of the Ox, jumping in front of him at the finishing line.

Gung Hei Fat Choi!

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