Why Pinoys Celebrate Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is an annual celebration signaling the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Also known as the Spring Festival, this day of festivities falls on February 16, 2018, Friday, this year.
A popular time for giving and receiving “tikoy”, that’s not the sole purpose the country celebrates such occasion. In the Philippines, we celebrate the Chinese New Year to give ode to our fellow Filipinos with Chinese ancestry.
During the Spring Festival, red is generally worn to be one with the party. “Ang pao” is also popularly given as gifts to one’s family.
As Manila’s popular Chinatown, the Binondo district also becomes extra busy and cheerful to kick off a fresh start for the Chinese New Year. The lion and dragon dance becomes commonplace as performers give a full show in the streets. Moreover, firecrackers are lit up as it is believed to ward off evil spirits and attract good luck.
As the whole country celebrates the Chinese New Year, don’t miss out the party. You can make your loved ones feel your presence by sending them gifts during the festivities.