Chinese New Year
Gung Hay Fat Choy! The first day of the Chinese lunar calendar is a very important holiday to the Chinese people. It is celebrated worldwide, wherever there are large Chinese populations, with food,Â festivities, fireworks, and parades.Â
There are 12 cycles to the Chinese lunar calendar, each represented by an animal. This year is the year of the “Boar” (pig), and it is said that those born during the year will be happy and honest.
It is common to give red packets to children during this period of celebration. The red envelopes contain money, which should be of an even numberÂ (as odd numbers are associated withÂ money given during funerals).
And for your enjoyment here is a short video of the Chinese New Years parade in New York City’s Chinatown last year (2006). This will give you a brief flavor of the festivities and fun.