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Red and Round for Good Luck: Celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year’sDay in the Philippines
Photo from http://globalnation.inquirer.net/23767/asians-welcome-year-of-dragonOn the first round moon of the new year, Chinese communities in the Philippines such as Binondo inManila, decorate their homes in red, wear red, and give out lucky money in red envelopes, called hongbao in Mandarin Chinese or ang pao in Hokkien—all for the sake of getting good fortune. These are just some of the ways local Chinese communities celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year’sDay, the most widely-celebrated, festive, and must-attend event that they always anticipate towelcome prosperity and good luck, and to foster closer family ties and harmony. Because it is a lunar new year, Chinese New Year has no fixed date. Rather, its celebration day isdetermined by the appearance of the first new moon of the year, which usually happens betweenJanuary and February. It is also called the Spring Festival because this event signals the beginning of the spring season. Chinese New Year was celebrated last January 23 of this year. Next year, it will becelebrated on February 10, 2013, Sunday.
2012: A milestone Chinese New Year
For the first time this year, Chinese New Year was celebrated as a non-working holiday in thePhilippines through President Benigno Aquino’s Proclamation No. 295, issued on November 24, 2011.According to the President, the declaration of Chinese New Year as a holiday gives Chinese-Filipinosand Filipinos time to celebrate. Moreover, the declaration also solidifies Filipinos’ solidarity withChinese-Filipinos who are also part of the lives of the Philippines and of Filipinos.
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