Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. In 2016, the first day of Chinese New Year falls on Monday, February 8th.
Each year is assigned one of 12 Zodiac signs with an associated animal, and 2016 will be the year of the Monkey, the 9th animal in the 12 year cycle. The Chinese believe that each sign has associated characteristics, with people born under the Monkey sign believed to be especially sociable, enthusiastic and intelligent; however they can be quick to anger and even jealous on occasion. Monkeys often make great leaders!
Certain foods and beverages are eaten during the festival (especially at the New Year’s Eve dinner) because of their symbolic meanings, based on their names or appearances. Tea is a very popular beverage especially at this time of year. Tea has a deeper rooting in china as it has been drunk for millennia.
Chinese New Year sees the giving of gift to loved ones. Tea is a popular gift for people to present because a time to offer tea with well-wishes give an opportunity to make deeper connections.
We wish all our Chinese customers a happy and prosperous New Year.
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