Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015

This year Chinese New Year Day date will be Thursday, February 19 2015.

The date is different every year because it’s calculated according to the Chines calendar, which is lunar, and not by the international Gregorian calendar, which is solar.

The Celebrations for Chinese New Year Day start even three weeks before the holiday itself. According to tradition, this date is called Laba (pronounced: laa-baa), the 8th day of the 12th Chines month. It is more common to start celebrating from one week before the holiday itself, from the 23th day of the 12th month.

This year’s Chinese New Year will start the year of the goat. Goats are described as having the preference of gathering in groups, and be honest, intimate, and easily moved by the misfortunes of others.

2015 is considered a fortunate year for people born in the year of the goat.

Chinese New Year NYC

By: Brian Yap\Flickr

Chinese New Year Celebrations in NYC 2015:

New York 2015 Chinese New Year Parade in Manhattan

The 16th annual parade will take place at 1 PM, February 21, Beginning at Mott Street and ongoing through Chinatown, finally dispersing at Broome/Forsyth. The parade includes marching bands, Chinese musicians, traditional dancers and martial artists and more spectacular attractions.

How to Greet Happy New Year in Chinese?

新年快 / 新年快樂  (Xīnnián kuàilè)

Ok, maybe you’re not a native Mandarin speaker, but with this catch phrase you can start making your way in the language of the east, and maybe befriend and impress a new Chinese friend.

So, how do you actually say it?

In Mandarin it’s pronounced: sshin-neyn kwhy-ler, and in Cantonese: sen-nin feye-lor.

The literal meaning of this phrase is ‘New Year happiness!’

Another, more elaborate option is this:

 步步高升 / 步步高陞 (Bùbù gāoshēng)

Pronounced in Mandarin: boo-boo gaoww-shnng, and in Cantonese:  boh-boh goh-shin.

The literal meaning of this greating is: ‘Step-by-step high promotion!’, a steady rise to high places.

 

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