2018 Chinese New Year

On Friday, February 16, millions of people globally (particularly in the Far East) will welcome in the 2018 Chinese New Year, designated by Chinese astrology as “The Year of the Dog.” Because it is based on a lunar calendar, Chinese New Year occurs on a different date each year between January 21 and February 20.

Lunar New Year celebrations are high-spirited events, marked with bright lights, music, bell ringing, firecrackers and traditional lion dances.  Chinese families also customarily gather on New Year’s Eve for a reunion dinner, followed by house cleaning on New Year’s Day to sweep away bad fortune. Children’s gifts are usually red envelopes stuffed with “lucky money” and positive wishes on New Year’s Day.