Chinese New Year 2018: 9 ways to celebrate in Philadelphia

Chinese New Year 2018: 9 ways to celebrate in Philadelphia

"I am excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year on the 35th anniversary of the An Viet Foundation, and look forward to even more collaborations between the foundation and the Hackney Chinese Community Services which will provide a range of joined up services and be at the heart of this flourishing community in Hackney". Its importance in Chinese culture is same as that of Christmas in the West. In 2017, Chinese residents spent over $47 billion (213.1 billion yuan) during the New Year week. The dog and rooster are among a dozen animals in the Chinese zodiac that are used to represent different years. Last year, 6.15 million Chinese travelers took global trips, a 7 percent increase from 2016, with overseas spending estimated to amount to about 100 billion yuan (nearly $16 billion). According to Asian astrology, your year of birth and the animal it represents influences your personality traits. Bright red is the preeminent color of festivity, symbolic of good health and fortune, wealth, prosperity and longevity.

Apart from food, watching "Chinese New Year Gala" which telecasts live on all the CCTV channels has also become a significant custom.

Commenting about the upcoming event, Esther Dobbin, Commercial Operations Manager at the Giant's Causeway said: "The Chinese tourist market is increasingly important for us and we are delighted to welcome a growing number of visitors from China to the Giant's Causeway every year". Most people prefer to wear red-colored clothes on the spring festival. Children are given red envelopes with money inside, for good luck.

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In northern China, dumplings, sometimes seasoned with sugar or with a coin inside, are the must-eat food on New Year's Eve, and traditional snacks include melon seeds, walnuts and peanuts.

In terms of activities, on New Year's Eve in north-east China, family members get together by playing poker or mah-jong. "Because my family owned a restaurant, we were always working when other people celebrated".

While the entire New Year period is two weeks, most Chinese people go back to work on the eighth day.

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