Chinese New Year brings one of the most exhilarating celebrations to Phuket. This year, Chinese New Year’s Day 2016 is on February 8, and the festival will be preceded at Phuket Old Town. The entire length of street comes to life with crowds of worshippers, exploding firecrackers, dragon dancers, and families of Chinese descent who gather to partake in the street fanfare as well as enjoy sumptuous Chinese banquets.
Chinese New Year’s Eve is the time to pray to the gods and pay respect to the ancestors. This is when the whole family enjoys a sumptuous Chinese banquet together at home. On the night of New Year’s Eve, adults will hand red envelopes called ‘Ang-Pao’, with pocket money inside, to their children as a New Year gift. On New Year’s Day, it’s time to rest and do absolutely nothing. Most people start visiting their extended families and relatives in order to exchange a few oranges as a way to wish them a Happy New Year.
This year is the year of “Monkey”. There are a total of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac; the Monkey comes 9th in the series. The 12 zodiac animals are in order; Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
So, Happy Monkey Year 2016 Everyone!!