Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of the New Year on the Chinese Calendar, the Festival is usually marked as Spring Festival in mainland China and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. It is the beginning of the Second New Moon after the Winter Solstice and ending on the full moon Fifteen days later. It is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks and gift giving.
Chinese New Year was originally a day for praying to the Gods for a good Harvest. The Myth is by far more interesting than the prayers though. It is believed that on New Years Eve a Monster known as Nian would come and visit and people hid in their homes, one New Years Eve a boy fought off Nian with Firecrackers and the next day (Chinese New Year) everyone celebrated by letting of firecrackers and fireworks. More fireworks are let off on Chinese New Year than anywhere else in the world throughout the Year. It is also the longest Holiday Celebrated in the Chinese Calendar.
All this talk has got me wishing I could celebrate – who knows maybe I will order some Chinese food on 5th February to cheers in the New Year. Lemon Chicken and a Mushroom Chow Mein for me! Cheers!
For those of our Customers celebrating, we wish you a very Happy New Year and welcome in the Year of the Earth Pig.
Happy New Year!
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