Chinese New Year—Honda
Chinese New Year celebrations are on their way, and this year we are celebrating the Year of the Rooster. Since Sydney is known for hosting one of the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia, we thought it best if we all prepared ourselves for the Festival with a bit of knowledge about this stellar celebration and what this astrology year has in store for us.
What is the Chinese New Year?
Also known as the Spring Festival in China, the Chinese New Year is the most important traditional holiday in China. This holiday changes every year, and this year it falls on 28 January, marking the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. It has traditionally been set at this time because it gives people a much-needed winter break to mentally and physically prepare for the new year of farm work that’s about to begin. This historically has been a time of rest as well as prayer for a good harvest, however, now that over half of China’s population is urban, the holiday has evolved to celebrate the start of a new business year and wish for profits and success.
How Long Does it Last?
The official holiday in Mainland China lasts seven days, from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the 6th day of the lunar calendar (27 January to 2 February, 2017). However, many people start celebrations up to three weeks early. Traditionally, the Spring Festival ends with the Lantern Festival, which usually happens on the 15th day of the lunar calendar. This festival culminates in releasing beautiful lanterns and eating sweet rice dumpling soup.
The Year of the Fire Rooster
2017 is the Year of the Rooster, a phenomenon that happens every 12 years. In Chinese astrology, the zodiac year isn’t only represented with an animal sign, but also with one of five elements: Gold (metal), Wood, Water, Fire or Earth. This year is Fire, and the combination of the element and the animal are what shape the astrology of the year.
Judging by some of the famous fire Roosters like Martin Luther King III, Stephen Fry and Hans Zimmer, we could say that this year will produce some seriously observant, hardworking and trustworthy individuals who enjoy their time in the spotlight.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Sydney
Sydney has got some truly amazing festivities on for this incredible holiday. From 27 January to 12 February, Sydney will be painting the town red with incredible art displays, spectacular lunar lanterns, dragon boat races and community performances. Each day brings an exciting new activity, from a pop-up Asian food festival at Pyrmont Bay Park to watching famous Sydney landmarks light up red to following the Lunar Lanterns trail from the Sydney Opera House to Dawes Point to listening to composer Tan Dun conduct the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. There are simply too many events to attend, so you’d better have a trustworthy Honda to get you from point A to B.
While you’re indulging in the celebrations, start your Chinese New Year off right by treating yourself to a new Honda Civic or Honda Jazz. Check out the special offers and annual clearance sale at Collins Honda in Sydney.
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