The stories of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees

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During the first few days of Chinese New Year celebrations, many people – locals and tourists alike – visit the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees in Hong Kong to make their wishes and pray for good luck in the coming year. Honouring one of the of most well-loved and well-preserved traditions, people write their wishes on […]

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The Year of the Dog

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According to ancient Chinese astrology, each calendar year is associated with a different animal, known as the Chinese zodiac, or Shēngxiào. The Dog The Year of the Dog, or more specifically the Year of the Earth Dog, is celebrated from Friday 16th February 2018 until Monday 4th February 2019. The Dog occupies the eleventh position […]

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Welcoming the Year of the Rooster

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Following the chaotic Year of the Monkey, the Year of the Rooster is predicted to bring fresh and exciting challenges requiring practical solutions and good old-fashioned hard work. From 2016, the Year of the Red Monkey… The Year of the Monkey – the monkey being a typically quick-tempered and hyperactive character – brought with it […]

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The symbolism inherent in Chinese New Year cuisine

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The many celebrations during Chinese New Year focus on family reunion, with people travelling across the country to visit the provinces they grew up in and the families they grew up with. Many of these festivities centre on food, from the symbolism of each ingredient used in the celebratory dishes to the culinary rituals associated […]

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Shēngxiào and the Year of the Monkey

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Chinese New Year is widely associated with the ancient Chinese zodiac Shēngxiào. With similarities to some aspects of Western astrology, Shēngxiào, or “birth likeness”, attributes and relates an animal sign to each year in a cycle of 12 years. According to some historians, the animals connected to the Chinese zodiac were brought from China via […]

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Lantern Festival

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The annual Lantern Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year, and marks the final day of the Chinese New Year festivities. During the festival, people get together to celebrate the beginning of Spring by lighting lanterns, watching fireworks and eating yuanxiao (or tangyuan), sweet stuffed glutinous rice […]

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