Preparations are well underway now for Chinese New Year or Spring Festival that falls on 23 January. New Year's Eve is celebrated with reunion dinners for returning family members creating the biggest annual movement of people across the planet.
Immediately before the great day the symbolic cleaning of the house takes place to remove evil spirits and sweep away bad luck. Red is an auspicious colour which is used to scare away bad luck and often redecorations featuring red paint are used particularly featuring freshly painted red front doors and window frames. Red too features in the new clothing that represents a new beginning and is worn to show off the affluence of the wearer.
Chinese communities around the world will be celebrating and westerners too can take part in the many parades in the United States, Europe and the UK. This year will be the Year of the Dragon and researchers predict a boom in births in what is considered to be the most auspicious of years.
Happy Chinese New Year
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