Like Christmas here in the UK, Chinese New Year is China’s traditional winter holiday. The Chinese New Year festival lasts for 15 days with celebrations running until the Lantern Festival – the 15th day of the first lunar month.

The 8th February, which is the first day of the lunar calender is the peak time, when Chinese people get together with their families and have big dinners and set off fireworks. Traditionally for Chinese New Year, people usually wear new clothes for the New Year. Greet parents on the day and children receive a red envelope from their parents with money in it for good fortune and welcoming for the New Year. Another tradition on the day is not to do any house work or cleaning.

Also known as the Spring Festival, 2016 will be the Year of the Monkey. The Monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle. 

• Monkey years: …1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028… The Lucky and Unlucky Things for “Monkeys”

• Lucky numbers: 4 and 9

• Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month

• Lucky colors: white, blue, gold

• Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle

• Lucky directions: north, northwest, west

• Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12

Should you wish to celebrate in Andover The Buddha restaurant on Colenzo Drive, is open throughout and will be offering meal deal menu’s. Both takeaway and deliveries will be available on the night. Hurry book your table now!

You can call them on 01264 345657 or visit their web site http://www.buddha-andover.co.uk/

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