Happy Lunar New Year of the Dragon 2012

Nee Hao Magazine wishes all our readers a Happy Chinese New Year of the Dragon 2012. We have organised a number of events nationwide with collaborators to bring in the new year. As the festive period happens, we will upload articles of how everyone has been celebrating in the UK and China, so please send us your stories, videos and pictures. Peace, prosperity and love to you all. 
Chinese New Year’s Day 23rd January 2012

The Lunar new year is the biggest celebration in the Chinese and East Asian calendar equivalent to Christmas and new year’s eve combined together. It is a time to celebrate with family gatherings sharing good food, lion dancing, other traditional performances, fireworks and Chinese firecrackers.

New year fireworks celebration in Beijing

In the UK thousands of Chinese and East Asian families will join together for a ‘united family new year meal’. Afterwards the older generation will maybe have a catch up with each other, play some Mahjong or other games, whilst the younger generation will go and meet friends at one of the many events around the country.

Nee Hao Magazine at one of their events with last minute preparations before the party starts
A family enjoy their New Year’s meal in Laoxiancheng Village in Shanxi province. Photo by Natalie Behring

Children and people who are not married will get little red envelopes (利是 Li Shi) filled with money instead of presents. There are many sweets, pastries and Chinese confectionery on offer to so it’s probably not the best time to go on a diet.

Red envelopes with money inside given to represent good luck and Chinese sweets

Traditional lion dance with a contemporary twist

Check out Nee Hao’s latest Chinese New Year event in the city of Plymouth this coming Tuesday 24th January 2012. 

Keep your photos and stories coming in via email, we will upload more as the festivities happen.

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