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Chinese New Year of the Dragon 4710

Updated on April 28, 2012

2012 Chinese New Year

Happy New Year

Up until Friday of last week I hadn't even given the Chinese New Year a thought.

We get so wrapped up in our own little world's that we don't always keep track of what is going on around the world. I mean, it's not necessarily only happening in China.

Many of our big Cities in the UK have districts called China town where all the Chinese population have managed to come together.

You can imagine how vibrant these little parts of Chinese society are.

Spring Festival

Know as the Spring Festival, this is the most important Holiday in the Chinese calendar.

This festival starts on the first day of the month in the Chinese calendar and culminates with the Lantern Festival on the 15th.

New Years eve is when families gather for a reunion dinner.

Referred to as the Lunar New Year it varies how it is celebrated in different areas of China and there a number of varying traditions and customs.

One of the traditions at New Year is that all families clean their houses to sweep away any ill fortune.

The idea of doing this is that it makes way for the in coming luck which is to be received.

Houses are decorated using coloured paper on the windows and doors.

On the eve of the New Year families feast on Pigs and Duck and all kinds of food.

The morning after families wish each other health and happiness and the children in the families receive red envelopes containing money.

As with a lot of cultures the emphasis on this festival is to wish peace, goodwill and happiness and to relinquish all grudges.

Liverpool's Chinese Population

It is thought that the largest European population of China Town exists in Liverpool in the North West of England.

You can see Liverpool using the Map below.

The Arch pictured is thought to be the largest single span type Arch outside China.

There could be as many as 35.000 Chinese people living in the City, making them the largest non-white group.

Liverpool's links with the sea and shipping brought many Chinese immigrants to the City in the 1850's and a local company employed a large number of Chinese seamen hence the reason why many stayed in the City and settled with their families.

UK China Town's

China Town,London
China Town,London
Liverpool China Town
Liverpool China Town
The web page of Liverpool's China Town
The web page of Liverpool's China Town

Year of the Water Dragon

The year of the Dragon comes around every 12 years.

The Yang year of the Dragon 2012 starts on the 23rd January and ends on the 9th February 2013.This will be the Year of the Snake.

It is anticipated that the Yang Year of the Dragon will bring great fortune in the year of 2012.

So why is 2012 translated in the Chinese calendar as 4710?

It is related to the Gregorian calendar and it's corresponding months.

Named so after Pope Gregory in the year 1582.


Liverpool, UK

Chinese Whispers

You may have heard of the whispering game called Chinese whispers.

Thought to have no link to China other than the name, this game is so called because of the nature of the Chinese language being difficult to understand and not being able learn without difficulty.

The game is about sending a message via a group of people.

Each one whispers it to the next person in the group. By the time it get's to the last person in the line,the whisper or message bears no resemblance to the original message.

A lot of fun can be had with this game.

In some countries it maybe called something different in our modern times of Political correctness, in order not to upset the Chinese population with a derogatory comment.

Level 42 The Chinese Way

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Gong Xi Fa Cai

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Happy New Year in Chinese


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  • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

    Vinaya Ghimire 

    6 years ago from Nepal

    I'm little familiar with Chinese New Year.

    The anecdotes are interesting.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks everyone for your comments. Have just got this one back out of the drawer as it was pulled for a violation earlier today. Had to remove all links before I was allowed to republish it.

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    Civil War Bob 

    6 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

    Good hub, Posh...voted up and interesting. "Whisper Down the Lane" was what we called the game in Philadelphia, USA.

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    Sondra 

    6 years ago from Neverland

    Very interesting article, PCC. I tend to stick to my own little corner of my neighborhood so I am not very worldly. Which is one of the reasons I love HubPages so much - I've met so many wonderful people outside of the US. I'm so glad you put this article together so I could learn more about the Year od the Dragon :) The game you talk about at the end of your Hub is known as "telephone" amongst the school kids here.

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    Christy Birmingham 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I did not realize the year of the dragon happens only once every 10 years. You give a lot of valuable information here! Happy Chinese New Year to all who celebrate the occasion.

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    Drtruthman 

    6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

    As usual a really interesting and unusual article. I enjoyed much as I have a future daughter-in-law currently working in China and my son spent the entire past summer there. We too have MANY China Towns throughout the USA, NY, Chicago, LA, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Seattle. Washington State here is expected to be 90% Chinese American by 2015. The world is changing. Great job Steve.

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    Tiger Mom 

    6 years ago from New York

    Nice hub. Since there are over 1.3 billion Chinese on earth, I'm not surprised some have gathered in London and Liverpool. Now I know where to get good chinese food in England. Voted up and awesome.

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    Marisa Hammond Olivares 

    6 years ago from Texas

    This is interesting. It seems many places across the world are known to have 'China Town's" This certainly proves how the Chinese have migrated around the world.

    I love the idea of sweeping away ills and misfortune. I have heard this practiced in other cultures as well. The term chinese whispers was new to me, but I have played the game before.

    The year of the dragon sounds promising - May it bring all of us good fortune.

    Thank you for sharing :)

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    Joyce Haragsim 

    6 years ago from Southern Nevada

    Boy, England has changed so much since I left. Voted up and awesome.

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