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Happy Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year festival began on 5 February, this celebration marks the start of the lunar New Year in accordance with the new moon. Because the date is dependent on the moon, the date of Chinese New Year actually changes each year, but it will always fall sometime between 21 January and 20 February.

This celebration will be marked by communities all over the world, including Darwin.

Check out the Chung Wah Society’s display at Live Darwin in the Smith Street Mall or attend the Chinese New Year Festival on 22 February down at the Turf Club to celebrate and usher in the year of a pig.

Things to consider over the festivities.

Do these things

  • Spend time with family. In many countries, Lunar New Year is the one time of the year families are reunited for a four-day holiday.
  • Eat fish for wisdom, peaches for longevity, plums for a sharp mind, lettuce for good health and spring onions to bring clarity for the year ahead.
  • Fill a box with sweetened vegetables or lollies for a 'sweet year'.
  • Clean the house and get new clothes before the New Year to avoid bad spirits hanging around.
  • Wear red underwear to maximise your luck - particularly if you were born in the year of the pig.

Don't do these things

  • Don't sleep during the day or you will have a lazy year.
  • The New Year is a time for positivity, so don't get into arguments with people.
  • Don't buy shoes. The Cantonese word for shoes is a homophone for rough and the Mandarin word is a homophone for evil.
  • Wearing black or white clothes will bring bad luck to the wearer as they are traditionally worn in mourning.
  • Don't get your hair cut in the first month after New Year as your mother's brothers will curse you.
  • No breaking dishes or crying - it brings bad luck.