Celebrations are on tonight for the Chinese New Year!

Tonight will be the kick start of a new Chinese year – this one being the year of the Rabbit. It’s already being called the placid year, which is quite reassuring after we had the ferocious and demanding year of the Tiger. Did you notice the turbulence last year?

So, rest assured, the Year of the Rabbit will help you consolidate all those previous changes and fights to keep on top of things in your life. However, you don’t want to get too comfy - you might lose everything you fought to keep afloat!

Celebrations start tonight and will extend for two weeks! Yes, you read it right, two weeks, because it takes a lot to start the New Year with good fortune. Celebrations include Firecrackers, food and Parades. There is also a parade of a giant Rabbit that travels through China towns worldwide to give good luck for businesses.

Where can you catch these celebrations? Check out these places around Kaplan cities:

London, UK – Sunday the 6th of February, Trafalgar Square from 12 to 6 pm Parade of floats, Dragon dancers, acrobats and marching bands.
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New York, USA – On top of the traditional Parade, 6th of February with floats, dancers and acrobats, the Museum of Chinese in America will have activities for the next 2 weeks.

Sydney, Australia – Dragon Boat races Saturday and Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm on Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour.

If you don’t have a special event scheduled for where you are -  don’t worry - you can still celebrate with Chinese food!

Did you know: Two ways of saying Happy New Year in Chinese are Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese).

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