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Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world’s population, with some celebrants calling it the Spring Festival.

Here are some interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about Chinese New Year:

  1. The most fireworks are set off in the world that night but sometimes illegally.

Fireworks are set off at midnight on Chinese New Year and are supposed to scare off monsters and bad luck. In the morning, fireworks are used again to welcome in the new year and good luck.

However, due to safety reasons and concerns for air pollution, many Chinese cities have banned fireworks with over 500 cities having restrictions. Many do not care and set them off anyway.

  1. Singles hire fake boy/girlfriend to take home

One of the most important parts of Chinese culture having children and passing down the family name, which results in desperate singles hiring fake boyfriend and girlfriend home to the family.

  1. No showering, sweeping or throwing out rubbish allowed

Showering, sweeping and throwing out rubbish isn’t allowed until specific dates after the New Year. This is to make sure you do not wash away the good luck.

On the other hand, there is a day before the spring festival dedicated to cleaning.

  1. Every year has a zodiac animal

2020 is the year of the Rat

There are 12 Chinese zodiacs in total. Make sure you find out what your Zodiac animal is by visiting: https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/. Let us know what your Zodiac animal is by commenting down below.

Your animal can decide your career, health and relationship success.

  1. Your zodiac year is bad luck

Your birth year is the year of your zodiac animal, and it is the unluckiest for you.

During this year your weapon of defence if the colour red.

  1. Chinese New Year is celebrated all around the world

London, San Francisco, Sydney all claim to have the biggest festival celebration outside of Asia. If you have a Chinatown local to you make sure you go check out the parades, lion dances, lanterns statues, fireworks and amazing food.

  1. Chinese New Year end with the Lantern Festival

The first full moon of the year is the Yuanziao Festival or lantern festival. In ancient times, girls were not allowed to venture outside by themselves. But on this night, they were able to walk around, moon gaze and look at the beautiful lanterns. Because of this, it’s also known as Valentine’s day in China.