Happy New Year!

No, we are not going crazy, today lots of people will be saying “Happy New Year” (pronounced “Gong Xi Fa Cai” in Mandarin and “Gong Hey Fat Choy” in Cantonese)  to their friends and family, at least 1/3 of the world’s population who are living and letting off fireworks in countries such as China, Taiwan, or Indonesia.

People of these and many other countries get at least 3 days public holiday, meaning that most of them will be travelling to celebrate with their relatives. 200 million Mainland Chinese travel for these holidays, and it is estimated that there are 3.5 billion journeys throughout Asia during this time. In comparison, less than 100 million people travel more than 50 miles during the Christmas holidays in the US.

The biggest celebrations out of Asia are being held in the UK, where half a million people converged for the Chinese New Year in London’s Chinatown and Trafalgar Square, filling central London’s streets in 2014.

You can find more info about this celebrations here.

With the start of the new year, a new animal zodiac year also starts, this year is the Year of the Goat,  and here is where the fun part of this post comes in: Taylor Swift!?

Would you like to find out whether you are a rat or a monkey in the Chinese zodiac? Just click here.

Vocabulary

  • Let off (v) : to release like an explosion.
  • Throughout (prep) : from beginning to end of.
  • Converge (v) : to tend to meet at a point.

How do you celebrate new year in your country? Leave us a comment!

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