Wednesday, 25. January 2006
Chinese New Year, the most important holiday for Chinese.

The entire house should be cleaned before New Year's Day. On New Year's Eve, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment are put away. Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away. After New Year's Day, the floors may be swept.

Chinese New Year (English)
Intro, with brief descriptions of traditional celebrations slated for all 15 days of the New Year or Spring Festival, plus more on traditional Chinese New Year foods, decorations, taboos and superstitions.

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The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the Western linear concept of time. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. The Chinese have adopted the Western calendar since 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions such as the Chinese New Year.


Chinese Zodiac Page (English)

Do you want to discover the secrecy of your fate deduced from Chinese theory of fate? Just select the date you were born on the left and begin your fancy exploration in our website.

Zodiac Signs (English)
Do you know yours?

Check also: Chinese horoscopes by element

Like the houses of the zodiac, the animals of Chinese astrology are said to influence your luck during the year. The horoscopes for 2006, the year of the dog, depends on which animal signifies the year you were born. If you aren't sure what animal ruled the year that you were born this list will help.

The Year of the Dog: Chinese Horoscopes for 2006 (English)

Chinese calendar has been in continuous use for centuries, which predates the International Calendar (based on the Gregorian Calendar) we use at the present day which goes back only some 425 years. The calendar measures time, from short durations of minutes and hours, to intervals of time measured in months, years and centuries, entirely based on the astronomical observations of the movement of the Sun, Moon and stars.

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Chinese Calendar (English)
Check out the rest at this huge website: China the Beautiful by Ming L. Pei

While most cultures around the world celebrate New Year's as a time of renewal, for the Chinese, New Year means that and much more. It is a time to gather with family, honor ancestors and celebrate with a big banquet of food that symbolizes prosperity in the New Year.

All Recipes: Chinese New Year Advice (English)

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For Kids:

These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc.

Crafts and Activities for Chinese New Year (English)

Also:
Chinese New Year Jigsaw Puzzle

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