The Chinese calendar is based on a lunisolar calendar, which indicates both the phase of the Moon and the time of the solar year. As a result, the date of the Chinese New Year varies year on year. Traditional Chinese New Year celebrations usually start the day before the New Year commences and conclude around two weeks into the New Year, with the Lantern Festival.
Chinese New Year is usually celebrated with family reunions and gatherings, as well as going shopping and launching fireworks. Traditional religious ceremonies are also held along with seven days of holiday.
Each Chinese New Year is marked by an animal, in this case, the Year of the Monkey. Every animal has its own characteristics, and for the Year of the Monkey, these include being quick-witted, curious and innovative.
This year be sure to head on over to The Peking Restaurant in Leicester for real authentic Chinese New Year celebrations