Happy New Year on behalf of The RAF Air Cadets
Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
For the year 2020, the main zodiac element is metal, and the animal sign is Rat.
Royal Air Force Air Cadet, Guan Chan Liu, from 241 (Wanstead and Woodford) Squadron said: “This celebration welcomes the new year, in line with the traditional Chinese calendar.”
The traditional Chinese calendar year will last from 25/01/2020 to 11/02/2021
RAF Air Cadet Liu proudly displays a red envelope given to him to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Cadet Liu said: “The Chinese New Year is also referred to as, the ‘Spring Festival’ or the ‘Lunar New Year’ and In China, the celebrations go on for 15 days!
“Gifts are exchanged, for example: red envelopes are given out, filled with money and sometimes with sweets for the children.
“Firecrackers will be set off to ‘ward off evil spirits’ and to celebrate the coming of the new year.
“During this festival, families will get together and decorate the house with red lanterns.
“Signs are hung up with the Chinese character "fu", translated to mean "luck" in English.
“Food plays an important role, tradition dishes like dumplings are often eaten on New Year’s Eve, its Chinese name is ‘jiaozi’.”