Chinese New Year

Year of the Dragon: Traditions, Superstitions, and Opportunities

As the Year of the Dragon dawns, the Chinese New Year ushers in a flurry of traditions, celebrations, and, of course, superstitions. In 2024, the Wood Dragon takes center stage, promising a year filled with opportunities and challenges. But what can we expect from this auspicious time, and how can we navigate its taboos to ensure good fortune?

More and more Chinese Tourists Prefer more Distant Destinations

More and more Chinese are seeking to travel further in search of adventure, according to a report by the British company OAG. Its traffic analysis shows that the number of Chinese tourists in February during the one-week Chinese New Year holiday has increased by more than 20% annually in 15 countries.

China is Preparing to Meet the New Year

t's almost time to welcome the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival of the Lunar New Year on Tuesday (February 5).

Compared to new year celebrations in the west, Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration with many preparations and traditions!

Following is a break-down of all the characteristics that the Chinese New Year celebration entails:

Chinese count down

The countdown has begun. As the Chinese New Year approaches, the festive excitement is in the air for at least one fifth of the world’s population, or even more.

Chinese New Year celebrations in Thessaloniki (pics)

The Chinese community of Thessaloniki organized the celebrations for the Chinese New Year on Saturday for the first time in Thessaloniki.

The streets of Sapphous and Aisopou were filled with small flags of China and Greece and were decorated with traditional red color ornaments, as well as yellow dragons.

Year of the fiery Monkey

Today is the start of the Chinese New Year, which happens to be a Monkey year. According to the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Monkey occupies the ninth place, this one being the year of the Red Fire Monkey. The cycle not only depends on animals, but also on the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

A fishy story

It is all about a shift of dates. The idea came upon Charles IX, the King of France, to announce the start of the New Year on Jan. 1 in an attempt to unite all New Year's celebrations on a single day.