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Chinese New Year 2016: Year of the Monkey.

Hello everyone,
Welcome to the Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey according to the Chinese Zodiac. Why is it called Red Fire Monkey? The monkey is clever, energetic and inventive.
People born under the sign of the Monkey are

Chinese New Year is also called Spring Festival and it has got more than 4000 years of history. It started during the Hang Dinasty to fight against the monster "Nian", It has links with the five elements because ancient Chinese believed the universe was composed.

The monster Nian ate children and farm animals but it was afraid of light colours and loud sound.
It is the grandest and the most important event for Chinese people. It's a time for enjoying family and friends and remembering ancestors.

People usually give gift of red envelopes of lucky money. There are a lot of ancient customs, superstitions and stories about Chinese New Year.
Are you a monkey?

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Why do you think people decorate their houses in red?
Why do you think people set off firecrackers?
Why do you think people light candles?
Why do you think people stay up the whole night?

The festival lasts for 15 days from the 1st to the 15th day of the first lunar month, The lunar calendar is also used for horoscopes. Which zodiac sign are you?

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What about the  Chinese zodiac? Do you know about the twelve Chinese zodiac animal?
Which Chinese zodiac animal are you? What does it say about you?

There are eleven real-life animals and a mythical one.
Are you a clever rat? Are you a brave tiger? Are you a hard-working ox? An energetic dragon?

Every Chinese person is associated with one of the animals based on the year he or she was born.

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Click here to find out your sign forecast for next year

Now let's learn how to say "Happy New Year" in Chinese.

Here you can watch the History of Chinese New year.

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