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When is the Chinese New Year this 2021? All You Need to Know

How can you celebrate CNY at home?

Looking forward to what exciting things will happen in 2021? Well, you don't have to wait long for another festivity—Chinese New Year is just around the corner!

As one of the first Philippine holidays of 2021, Chinese New Year is known for fantastic dragon dances, jaw-dropping fireworks and scrumptious feasts. But more importantly, this event ushers in prosperity and invites everyone to join hands with the country's Chinese community. 

But when exactly is the Chinese New Year? Why is it important, and how should we celebrate the occasion? Here's everything you need to know!

What is the Chinese New Year & Why is it Being Celebrated?

Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is arguably the most important holiday in China. It's a week-long event that marks the end of winter and the beginning of the Lunar Calendar. Celebrating the occasion represents the desire for a new life, so families get together to feast and honor their households.  

Each year, the Chinese Calendar celebrates a particular animal in the Chinese Zodiac, namely the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The Chinese Zodiac bears great significance in the country's folklore, representing different personality traits. Up to this day, many Chinese still rely on the Zodiac for personal guidance. 

When is Chinese New Year this 2021?

The Chinese New Year always falls on the winter solstice's second full moon. This is why there is never a definite date for the occasion—it can happen anytime between January 21 to February 20. This 2021, the Chinese New Year will be on February 12, and we'll celebrate the Metal Ox year.

According to the Zodiac, people born under the Ox sign are believed to be kind-hearted, though their fortune for the year is a bit erratic, and they may be dealt with different challenges. However, they can expect these trials to bring about growth opportunities. Keeping a positive mindset is the best way to approach the year. 

How can you celebrate Chinese New at home?

  • DIY New Year decorations with your family

Got some free time on your hands? Give your home a makeover! Just like Christmas trees and Santa figures in Christmas, hanging up Chinese lanterns and similar ornaments can make your Chinese New Year Celebration memorable. When hanging up decorations, always remember to keep things red—it's the event's main color, known to bring good luck!

  • Prepare and enjoy a home feast

Family gatherings are best enjoyed with delicious food. Now that you know the exact date of the holiday this 2021, you can now start planning your menu. Treating your loved ones with a delectable feast is the best way to enjoy the occasion

  • Cook different tikoy recipes together 

What's Chinese New Year without the sticky tikoy? Instead of slicing it to pieces and frying it like usual, switch things up by trying different variations. Here are some easy-to-follow recipes you should consider.

  1. Tikoy Turon – Slice thin strips of tikoy, banana and jackfruit. Wrap the three ingredients together with a turon sheet and fry until golden brown.
  2. Tikoy ala Mode – Fry tikoy how it's typically done and add a scoop of your favorite ice cream upon plating. Add your favorite toppings to make things sweeter.
  3. Steamed Tikoy with Coconut – Trying to avoid fried foods? No worries! Steam tikoy and serve it with coconut for a healthy snack.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

The best way to celebrate the Chinese New Year this 2021 is to unwind as you learn from the lessons of the past year's challenges. Here's to more good luck this new Lunar year! 

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With social distancing still essential, we’re encouraging you to abide by health guidelines. If feasting at home with everybody doesn’t seem like the best option, maybe just send over a dish, or two, to your loved ones in the meantime. Our small sacrifices will do wonders for everybody in the long run. 

Don’t forget to double-check schedules, and opt for a safe pick-up or delivery. Happy holidays! 

Art Matthew Fetalver

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