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    Chinese NewChinese New

    YearYear

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    Story Behind LunarStory Behind Lunar

    New Year CelebrationNew Year Celebration

    Thousands of years ago, thatwas ravaged by an evil monsterone winter's eve. The followingyear the monster returned andagain ravaged the village. Before

    it could happen a third time, thevillagers devised a plan to scarethe monster away. Red bannerswere hung everywhere; the colorred has long been believed toprotect against evil. Firecrackers,drums and gongs were used tocreate loud noises to scare the

    beast away. The plan worked andthe celebration lasted severaldays during which people visitedwith each other, exchanged gifts,danced and ate tasty food.

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    Chinese New YearChinese New Year

    Chinese New Year

    starts with the New

    Moon on the first day of

    the lunar new year and

    ends on the full moon

    15 days later. It is

    celebrated by Chinese

    communities across theglobe

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    Chinese ZodiacChinese Zodiac According to Chinese legend, the twelve animals quarreled

    one day as to who was to head the cycle of years. The godswere asked to decide and they held a contest: whoever wasto reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, andthe rest of the animals would receive their years accordingto their finish.

    All the twelve animals gathered at the river bank andjumped in. Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped uponhis back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the ratjumped off the ox's back, and won the race. The pig, who

    was very lazy, ended up last. That is why the rat is the firstyear of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last.

    2010 will be the year of the Metal Tiger. Since Metal isconsidered as white colour,

    2010 is also known as the year of the White Tiger

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    Predictions for Year ofPredictions for Year of

    TigerTiger

    It was generally predictedthat in the year of Metal

    Tiger, it would be a lessprosperous year for most

    people. Of course, there willbe good for some whosebirth are under certainChinese zodiac sign.

    Traditionally, the White orMetal Tiger, unlike Dragon,is less welcomed by many, ifnot all.

    Those born under the Snake

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    Rat

    You are imaginative,

    charming and truly

    generous to the personyou love

    1948, 1960, 1972,

    1984, 1996, 2008

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    Ox

    A born leader, you inspire

    confidence from all

    around you. You are

    conservative, methodical

    and good with your hands

    1949, 1961, 1973,

    1985, 1997, 2009

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    TigerTiger

    You are sensitive,

    emotional and capable

    of great love 1950, 1962, 1974,

    1986, 1998, 2010

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    RabbitRabbit

    You are the kind of

    person that people like

    to be around-affectionate, obliging,

    always pleasant

    1951, 1963, 1975,

    1987, 1999, 2011

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    DragonDragon

    Full of vitality and

    enthusiasm, the

    Dragon is a popular

    individual even with

    the reputation of being

    foolhardy and a "big

    mouth" at times 1952, 1964, 1976,

    1988, 2000, 2012

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    SnakeSnake

    Rich in wisdom and

    charm, you are

    romantic, deep

    thinking and yourintuition guides you

    strongly

    1953, 1965, 1977,1989, 2001, 2013

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    HorseHorse

    Your capacity for hard

    work is amazing. You

    are your own person-very independent

    1954, 1966, 1978,

    1990, 2002, 2014

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    GoatGoat

    Except for the knack

    of always getting off

    on the wrong foot withpeople, the Sheep can

    be charming company

    1955, 1967, 1979,

    1991, 2003, 2015

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    MonkeyMonkey

    You are very intelligent

    and have clever wits

    because of your

    extraordinary nature and

    magnetic personality you

    are always well-liked

    1956, 1968, 1980,

    1992, 2004, 2016

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    RoosterRooster

    The Rooster is a hard

    worker; shrewd and

    definite in decisionmaking often speaking

    his mind

    1957, 1969, 1981,

    1993, 2005, 2017

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    DogDog

    The Dog will never let

    you down. Born

    under this sign you arehonest and faithful to

    those you love.

    1958, 1970, 1982,

    1994, 2006, 2018

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    PigPig

    You are a splendid

    companion -- an

    intellectual with a verystrong need to set

    difficult goals and

    carry them out

    1959, 1971, 1983,1995, 2007, 2019

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    SpringSpring

    CleaningCleaning

    Usually the cleaning

    and preparationstarts a month beforethe new year. Thepreparation includes

    thoroughly cleaningand decorating thehouse, buying newclothes, and

    preparing enoughfoods for at least twoweeks.

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    Prior to New Year's Day, Chinese

    families decorate their living roomswith vases of pretty blossoms,

    platters of oranges and tangerines and

    a candy tray with eight varieties ofdried sweet fruit. On walls and doors

    are poetic couplets, happy wishes

    written on red paper.

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    Typical house decorationTypical house decoration

    in traditional Chinain traditional China

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    Festive coupletsFestive couplets

    (( ChunChun lian)lian)

    Fu DaoFu Dao

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    Nian Hua (Nian Hua (

    ))

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    Nian Hua (Nian Hua ( ))

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    Nian Hua (Nian Hua (

    ))

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    Surplus Through theSurplus Through the

    YearsYears

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    Gong Xi Fai ChaiGong Xi Fai Chai

    ((Wishing You ProsperityWishing You Prosperity

    and Wealthand Wealth))

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    Paper CutsPaper Cuts

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    Food DecorationsFood Decorations

    There are many objects thatsymbolize good fortune.

    Candied melon - growth and good

    health

    Red melon seed - dyed red to

    symbolize joy, happiness, truth and

    sincerity Lychee nut - strong family

    relationships

    Cumquat - prosperity (gold)

    Coconut - togetherness

    Peanuts - long life Longnan - many good sons

    Lotus seed - many children

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    FlowersFlowers

    Flowers symbolize

    rebirth and new

    growth. Without themthere will be no

    formation of fruit.

    Therefore it is

    essential to have somein every household.

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    New year eveNew year eve

    dinnerdinner Dumplings (Dumplings ( Jiao zi)Jiao zi) Sweet Rice Pudding (Sweet Rice Pudding ( --

    nian gao)nian gao) Steamed-bread (Steamed-bread ( man tou)man tou)

    Whole Fish (Whole Fish ( Yu)Yu)

    Others

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    DumplingsDumplings

    (( JiaoJiaozizi

    S t RiS eet Rice

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    Sweet RiceSweet Rice

    PuddingPudding

    (( NNian gao)ian gao)

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    Steamed-breadSteamed-bread

    (( man tou)man tou)

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    What Does a typical Re-What Does a typical Re-

    union Dinner Look Like?union Dinner Look Like?

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    Chinese new year onChinese new year on

    postage stamppostage stamp

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    What we do afterWhat we do after

    dinnerdinnerCards and board gamesCards and board games

    FireworksFireworks (Not in Singapore)(Not in Singapore)

    Watching television showsWatching television shows

    Visit temples & offer prayersVisit temples & offer prayers

    Lights on all night!Lights on all night!

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    Fire CrackersFire Crackers

    New year eve varietyNew year eve variety

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    New year eve varietyNew year eve variety

    showshow

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    Yearly cultural showYearly cultural show

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    Dragon Dance

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    Hong bao symbolizes luck and good fortune.The red stands for fire to ward off evil, and the

    money inside represents good luck money.

    The money put inside the red packet is a t

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