Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year
Written by BROWNS English Language School student, Emma.

Every year, in Taiwan, we celebrate the ‘Lunar New Year’. When it is close to the festival, the whole family will get together from other cities, even other countries.

We have a luxurious dinner which we call ‘reunion dinner’. On Lunar New Year’s eve, after dinner, the elders give red envelopes to the children. There is some money in the envelopes. It is a blessing from the elders to children. Next, we play a board game and bet a little bit of money or go outside to let off fireworks.

Lunar New Year is not like normal New Year’s. It has a fixed day on the calendar. When it is Lunar New Year depends on the lunar calendar. Usually, it’s in January or February. We have ten days’ holiday to celebrate this festival. 

Lunar New Year has its own zodiac which we call ‘The Chinese Zodiac’. It’s made from twelve animals. Every year has one of these animals to represent it. When we pass the final animal (pig) then, we will go back to the first (rat) and start again.

This year, Lunar New Year is on January 22nd. If you live on the Gold Coast, you can go to Southport Chinatown. They have a party to celebrate it. The party is from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, and it is free!

Check it out! This link has more information about this event:

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