- Posted February 7, 2013 by
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
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Celebrating Chinese New Year
Red, Gold & 12 Animals
Filipino -Chinese communities in the Philippines celebrate Chinese New Year with a collection of beliefs to attract good fortune, better family bond and harmony.
Adults give away lucky money in red envelopes we call ‘angpao’, put certain fruits on the table concluded to bring in money and wear lucky color clothes which are considered to bring good fortune.
Red and gold lantern decorations bedeck homes and other establishments. Chinese families hold red as a lucky color and thought to frighten off the monster Nian, which is said to come on the eve of the new year.
The gold hue equates to wealth.
Locals take part in parades and dragon dances. The legendary and traditional Chinese dragon is the main symbol of Chinese New Year. However, images of other animals also stand out. This is because the Chinese calendar, which is different from what most countries use, is made up of a cycle of twelve years, with each named after an animal.
Some of these animals are artistically displayed at the Spring Festival Chinese Painting Exhibit in Shangri-La Plaza mall presented by the Confucius Institute of the Ateneo De Manila University, International Studies for Chinese Art and The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.
Spring festival or Chinese new year is not an official holiday in the Philippines, although, many establishments in China towns may be closed.