Chinese New Year means a spending spree across East Asia

Yujing Liu

Yujing Liu

Businesses engaged in construction and real estate will be lucky in the Year of the Fire Dog, which the Chinese community will welcome later this week, a feng shui master said Wednesday. Within China, where the New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, a much broader range of celebrations is seen - rituals differ according to area and ethnicity. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal that not only represents the birth symbols, but also reflects the virtuous and honest wishes of these animals.

"Mysteries of China" is a film that tells the story of ancient China, its first emperor and the literal foundation of modern China. On Saturday only, "Mysteries of China" will be available for a special discounted rate of $5 per ticket for ages 3 and up.

Chinese New Year traditions include hiding brushes and brooms, paying off debts, making peace with those close to you.

"The Lunar New Year is just like Christmas in America", Liang Zhang, CSA president, said.

Chinese New Year falls on 16 February this year, at which point we will enter the Year of the Dog.

The Ctrip report states that the number of domestic visitors in the seven-day holiday period will reach 385 million people this year, up 12 per cent on last year.

One of the best NYC events is stormed by dragons and dancers, while some of the best Chinese restaurants serve delicious food in celebration of the Lunar New Year. People who were born in the Year of the Dog are often described as independent, serious, loyal and responsible, while their weaknesses might be that they are sensitive, stubborn and emotional.

"We hope this event can get most of the Chinese students and teachers at the University of Memphis to stay together", Zhang said. In northern China, the common dishes are steamed fish, dumplings, roasted duck or chicken, while in the south sometimes people celebrate with hot pot, which contains a variety of vegetables, mushrooms, meatballs and meat.

Homes are thoroughly cleaned before New Year's Eve. To be more specific, "upside down" means "Dao" in Chinese, which means "coming", and "Fu Dao" means the good fortune is coming to the household. Thanks to the traits of energy and discipline, this year is thought to be a good time to try a new venture, though there is a risk of burnout.

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