It is ‘Year of the Dragon’ in Chinese zodiac, following ‘Year of the Rabbit’ in 2023
The festivities for Chinese New Year commenced on Saturday, bringing with it a spirit of festivity and respect for culture.
This beloved event, rooted in the East Asian country’s culture, brings together people of Chinese descent for celebrations that stand for new beginnings and familial ties.
Bright parades, dragon dances, and feasts are scheduled to adorn the streets amid fireworks and reunion meals as the lunar calendar turns over a new page.
The festivities last for about 15 days, culminating in the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the lunar month, Mint reported.
The streets come alive with vibrant hues and the tantalising aroma of traditional delicacies wafts through the air, making Chinese New Year 2024 a time of renewal, prosperity, and cultural celebration.
What makes this event significant?
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, marks the start of spring and the end of winter, occurring on the lunar calendar from January 21 to February 20.
The 15-day celebrations, ending with the Lantern Festival on February 24 this year, traditionally involve not disposing of garbage for the first five days, symbolising wealth, and a cleaning ritual on the sixth day.
This year is the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, following the Year of the Rabbit in 2023 and preceding the Year of the Snake in 2025.
New Year’s Eve fireworks ensure community safety by scaring away the mythical beast Nian, while lucky dishes, particularly dumplings, are enjoyed for prosperity during celebrations.