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Lunar Year of the Dog. If you were born under this sign, you’re in good company. The British actors Dame Maggie Smith and the late Alan Rickman were both born in years that fall under the sign of the dog, as was famous director Steven Spielberg. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were both born in 1982, making them perhaps the world’s most famous couple to be born under this sign.

During Chinese New Year, against a backdrop of fireworks, vibrant decorations and feasting, people share gifts of coins in red envelopes to wish each other luck, love and prosperity. While the exact origins of the red envelopes are up for debate, the colour is considered lucky in the East, symbolising passion and energy.

How will you celebrate Chinese New Year?


Fireworks

Fireworks

It is traditional to light fireworks on the first day of festivities, to chase away evil spirits.

Red Envelopes

Red Envelopes

Red packages are sometimes given to relatives at family dinners. They often contain gifts of money in amounts that are considered to reflect good luck.

Dances

Dances

Dragon and lion dances are common during Chinese New Year. It is thought that the colourful masks and beat of the drums will ward off bad spirits.

Red Lanterns

Red Lanterns

After fifteen days the Chinese New Year celebrations end with the Lantern Festival.

 

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