It's Not Just Chinese: How Lunar New Year Is Celebrated Throughout Asia

Hope Soto
February 17, 2018

This photo taken on February 10, 2018 shows passengers travelling on a crowded train during the 26-hour journey from Beijing to Chengdu, in Shijiazhuang, as they head home ahead of the Lunar New Year.

With the Tibetan New Year coinciding with the Spring Festival this year, it is a double celebration for the Tibetan community this. It is believed that if you eat "lucky" foods throughout the Chinese New Year celebration you will reap the benefits of a long life and good health.

The Cantonese phrase "kung hei fat choy", meaning "happy new year", is heard at Chinese New Year celebrations around the world now, according to The Guardian.

TravelChinaGuide.com wrote that the festival has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years. The holiday is also celebrated by millions of people around the world, including in Vietnam, South Korea and by people of Chinese decent all over the world including in the U.S.

Regarding celebratory events, the Reunion Dinner is a common tradition celebrated around the New Year.

Performers stage a dragon dance in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province on February 6, 2012, to mark the final day of the Lunar festival.

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"Those are more understated than they were, say a few years ago, during the Year of the Snake where the logos were very overstated", Flickinger said. And with the technological innovation, some children have a red envelope app on their phones and their relatives transfer the money digitally!

Now, I had my own pet Pekingese dog at the time named Duo Duo, who I loved, so you can imagine the shock and outrage that shot through my body at that thought. The red lanterns are a common prop of their decorations. They are just and honest people, and popular in social circles. Porridge and meat is a commonly prepared dish during the festival. And we're going to in the Year of the Dog again.

Another user said the ad was a "national embarrassment" and accused the authorities of seeking to avoid using a canine picture: "There is nothing wrong with using the dog image as it's a Chinese Zodiac animal".

According to the Asian astrology, your year of birth - and the animal this represents - determines a lot about your personality traits. So, anyone born in 2018 will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.

In the Year of the Dog, the Ox is expected to perform better than in 2017.

Although each of the twelve animals gets an outing every dozen years, there are different varieties - and 2018 will be the first Year of the Earth Dog since 1958.

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