Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

Unlike our New Year celebrations, Chinese New Year is never on a fixed date – and the festivities for 2018 have kicked off on February 16 and lasted until the end of February.

But, Chinese New Year is a movable celebration, dictated by the lunar cycle, which can fall anytime between January 21 and February 20.

One of the world’s most colourful and exuberant events is triggering celebrations across the globe. The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound, involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances.

Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day. Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Year’s Day.