Chinese New Year 2018- Gong Xi Fa Chai
“Gong Xi Fa Chai” is what is said on New Year’s in Mandarin. Translated it is said to mean “wishing you to enlarge your wealth.”
This year it is the Chinese zodiac’s ‘Year of the Dog’ and begins on February 16, 2018. Celebrations will last until March 2 – about 15 days in total – making this the longest holiday in the Chinese calendar.
Chinese New Year takes place on a different date every year, because it is based on the lunar calendar. Chinese New Year is also called: Lunar New Year and Spring Festival.
The zodiac animal of 2018 is the Dog, the dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018…
It is understood in China that the dog is man’s good friend who can understand the human’s spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The invincible God ‘Erlang’ in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters.
In China, it is still popular to name dogs Wàng Cái (旺财). It means ‘prosperous wealth’ and comes from dogs’ barking sounds (旺旺—wàng wàng).
If you are in Melbourne and would like to partake in the spirit of the Chinese New Year Festival, there are 10 days of celebration from 15 – 25 February 2018. Have a look at this website for further information https://www.cnymelbourne.com.au/home/
Gong Xi Fa Chai from the MCM team!
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