The start of the Chinese New Year makes February this year a very special month. It is symbolises the start of spring in China and each year a different zodiac sign in the Chinese calendar is celebrated – in 2016 it is the year of the monkey.
Unlike the Christian New Year, which is based on a solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on a traditional Chinese lunar calendar whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year, which is why the date is not the same every year. The celebrations often last several weeks and is traditionally a time to come together with family members, join in community celebrations, fireworks and ceremonies that honour the family ancestors, other gods, heaven and earth.
There are many celebrations around Australia and many places to join in the festivities. Why not check out what celebrations are occurring in your city or town and take some time out with your family to celebrate and enjoy this special time – its a lot of fun and the kids will love it. Happy New Year! (again)
Image credits (clockwise from top left):
Monkey and lanterns via freepik
City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival via cityofsydney
Sydney New Years festival via sydney.com
Monkey from Cairns Chinese New Year celebrations via cairnschinesenewyear
Dragon via LaTrobe
Celebrations at Federation Square in Melbourne via fedsquare