Chinese New Year

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The Chinese New Year falls on Saturday the 28th of January this year. The date is based on the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, so it varies from year to year against the Gregorian calendar, but always falls within January 21th and February 20th. The Chinese New Year also heralds the changing of the guard for the Chinese horoscopes and 2017 ushers in the year of the fire Rooster.

The Chinese word for the New Year is Guo Nian which means to ‘overcome Nian’. So, who is Nian? According to mythology, he was a horrible demon creature who lived in the mountains, and for most of the year he stayed there, hibernating. On the first day of the year, Nian would awake, and go down to the village below. He would eat all of the crops and livestock, leaving nothing for the villagers, and any people that were…

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