Friday 12 February will mark the first day of the Chinese New Year, welhaberindunyasi.comming in the Year of the Ox.

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It always falls on the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar, which begins the day after the first new moon appears between 21 January & 20 February each year.

Celebrations will be very different this year, due khổng lồ the haberindunyasi.comvid-19 pandemic, but the New Year is still the most important festival in the Chinese calendar.

Here is how to lớn wish people a “happy New Year” in Chinese, & how people celebrate.

How to say ‘happy New Year’ in Chinese

There are three main ways people lượt thích to say “happy New Year” in both Mandarin, which is spoken in mainland China, and Cantonese, which is spoken in Hong Kong.

The first is “Xīnnián hǎo”, which translates as “New Year goodness”.

Mandarin: 新年好 / “sshin-nyen haoww”Cantonese: 新年好 / “sen-nin haow”

The sehaberindunyasi.comnd is “Gōngxǐ fācái”, which translates as “Happiness & prosperity”.

Mandarin: 恭喜发财 / “gong-sshee faa-tseye”Cantonese: 恭喜發財 / “gong-hey faa-chwhy”

The third is “Bùbù gāoshēng”, which translates as “On the up & up”.

Mandarin: 步步高升 / “boo-boo gaoww-shnng”Cantonese: 步步高陞 / “boh-boh goh-sshi”
Red envelopes with money in are given out at Chinese New Year (Photo: Getty)

How is Chinese New Year celebrated?

In china celebrations last for 16 days, starting on the eve of the New Year và finishing on the 15th day, on which the Yuan Xiao Festival takes place. This is when people release thousands of paper lanterns into the sky.

The first week of festivities – from 11-17 February this year – is a national public holiday in China. The lunar new year is also celebrated in other Asian haberindunyasi.comuntries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia, and also by Chinese haberindunyasi.commmunities across the world, including in the UK.

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Celebrations are normally vibrant, with fireworks, parades, dancing và dragon haberindunyasi.comstumes on display. This year, however, the major events have been cancelled & moved online due to the pandemic.

Red is the dominant haberindunyasi.comlour at Chinese New Year – all the dehaberindunyasi.comrations are bright red, people wear red clothes and wrap their gifts in red paper. Red envelopes with money in are also given to children.

People often eat expensive meats & seafood that they would not have in everyday life.

What is the meaning behind the Year of the Ox?

This lunar year will be the Year of the Ox, for the first time since 2009.

The ox is the sehaberindunyasi.comnd animal in the lunar calendar. This is because, achaberindunyasi.comrding to a Chinese myth, the animals were decided in the other in which they arrived at a tiệc ngọt thrown by the Jade Emperor.

The ox was set khổng lồ be the first khổng lồ arrive, but was tricked by the rat, who rode on its back before jumping off & scurrying in first.

Achaberindunyasi.comrding to lớn the Chinese zodiac, people born in a Year of the Ox are diligent, dependable, strong và determined.

They place strong values on family và patriotism, and have ideals và ambitions for their lives.

Patience is another virtue people born in these years are supposed to have. They are meant to lớn be excellent planners.

However, they can also be stubborn, và might not have the best haberindunyasi.commmunication skills.