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Chinese New Year

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Chinese New Year starts on the first day of the New Moon and last 15 days until the Full Moon, the Lantern Festival, and this year it falls on January 26th. This year is the year of the Ox, or it’s official name is Ji Chou.

Decorations at the school

Decorations at the school

According to legends Chinese New Year derives from the myth of the Nian, who came to scare the Chinese people at the start of the New Year. The Chinese soon realised he was scared of the colour red, and so every year people wear red to scare off bad luckand the monster! Everywhere is decorated with bright red decorations and people hang red lanterns at the door to scare off bad spirits.

Mester’s having a meal tonight to celebrate the New Year in the Erasmus bar and café. The meal’s at 9 followed by a special Chinese Party in Camelot afterwards. Everyone’s invited and we hope to see you there!

Happy New Year!