Xin Nian Kuai Le or Happy Chinese New Year from everyone at WeAreTheCity.
This year celebrates the year of the monkey and the Chinese Zodiac believes that people born in this year will be adventurous, intelligent and ambitious. The most recent years of birth are 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004. For those born in the year of the monkey it is said that they will best suit careers in accountancy, science and engineering.
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the biggest celebration in the Chinese calendar. For many, the festival symbolises honouring gods and bringing families together again.
Traditionally, people will cleanse their houses in order to sweep away any ill fortune and bring in luck. Houses and businesses will be decorated with red paper lanterns and Chinese poetry. People will often receive money in red envelopes, dragon and lion dances will take place and fireworks and firecrackers are set off.
London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside of Asia and many events are taking place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.