Chinese New Year | Totally Fancy
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Chinese New Year begins 16th February 2018 Year of the Dog. The date of the Chinese New Year changes every year because the Chinese use the Lunar calendar for their festivals. The Lunar calendar is based on the time the moon takes to go around the Earth. The Western calendar is based on the time it takes for the Earth to go around the Sun.
The first day of each Chinese year will always fall sometime between January 21 and February 21 inclusive, and takes place at sunset on the day of the second, sometimes rarely on the third, New Moon following the winter solstice (21 or 22 December).
The Chinese New Year celebrations last for two weeks and end with Teng Chieh, the lantern festival, on the full moon about 15 days later.
The dragon is an important part of the new year celebrations and is paraded through the streets. It represents wisdom, strength, benevolence, and good fortune.