Chinese New Year 2016: Facts, Dates, And Ancient Traditions

Year of the Monkey starts Monday and festivities last for 15 days.

 

What Chinese zodiac year were you born in? Look at the chart below to figure it out.

 

Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

 

 

Firework link below:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12144891/chinese-new-year-2016-year-of-the-monkey.html

 

Popular Chinese New Year Greetings 

1. 新年好 / 新年好 (Xīnnián hǎo)

'New Year goodness!' 

In Mandarin: /sshin-nyen haoww/ 
In Cantonese: /sen-nin haow/ 

 

2. 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái)

'Happiness and prosperity!' 

In Mandarin: /gong-sshee faa-tseye/ 
In Cantonese: Kunghei fatchoy /gong-hey faa-chwhy/ 

 

3. 步步高升 / 步步高陞 (Bùbù gāoshēng) 

A steady rise to high places! — "on the up and up" 

In Mandarin: /boo-boo gaoww-shnng / 
In Cantonese: /boh-boh goh-sshin /

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks and credit to photographer Ning Kang, Fan Jin. 

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