Lunar New Year triggers world's largest human migration

29 January, 2017, 01:17 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Justin Trudeau joins Vancouver Chinese New Year's parade

The mainland witnessed a surge in tourist numbers on Friday, the first day of the week-long holiday, Xinhua reported, citing official data.

Pupils at the Bromley Cross school created and decorated lanterns, learned how to use chopsticks and even made musical instruments.

"Once upon a time during the Qing Dynasty, the Han Chinese were forced to shave the front of their heads", Beijing hairdresser Xiao Qi said.

"Our Chinese Arts week concluded with a celebration assembly where children performed a class dragon dance!" Our celebration assembly was full of fun and music!

The Lunar New Year begins Saturday, and brands are paying homage to local traditions - some with roosters, and some with sweet commercials showing family reunions around the dinner table.

Traditionally, homes were to be thoroughly cleaned, and brooms were to be put away on New Year's Day, so as to not sweep away the new year's good fortune.

China is seeing a rise in "rent-a-girlfriend/boyfriend" apps as the Lunar New Year comes tomorrow.

Justin Trudeau joins Vancouver Chinese New Year's parade
Lunar New Year triggers world's largest human migration

Ethnic Chinese as well as several other East Asian nations, including South Korea and Vietnam, also celebrate Lunar New Year, the date of which changes from year to year. Earlier this month, the Chinese Embassy in Cuba held a New Year's reception, welcoming dozens of people of Chinese descent and Cuban guests. According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, people born under the sign of the rooster are courageous and responsible, but very vain.

In Melbourne, year of the rooster celebrations have also kicked off in style.

"This year is special, full of expectation", said Zhao Li, director of the China Culture Centre in Sydney. China's high-speed rail now covers 12,500 miles of track and the transportation administration has scheduled more trains during the holiday season.

At night "The Year" would come out to harm people, animals and property, so the legend goes.

According to the latest data from Worldpay, department stores and high-end boutiques could be among the biggest winners during this annual spring festival, celebrated at the turn of the traditional Chinese calendar.

But they are not the only ones looking to cash in on the new year celebrations. Windows and doors will be decorated with red decorations.

Also, avoid giving books as gifts to anyone, because it'd be like wishing bad luck upon them.

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