The Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar, meaning 2021’s Chinese New Year falls on Friday 12th February. 2021 is a year of the Ox, starting from February 12th, 2021 (Chinese lunar New Year Day) and lasting until January 31st, 2022. It will be a Metal Ox year. The recent zodiac years of Ox sign are: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009.
The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.
8 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year
- Clean and de-clutter your home.
- Decorate the house in red and gold.
- Set out some sweets.
- Give out lucky red envelopes. – Red envelopes or hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese are small red and gold packets containing money given to children, family members, friends and employees as a symbol of good luck. In Chinese culture, the color red is associated with energy, happiness and good luck.
- Prepare some meaningful dishes.
- Have oranges for dessert. – they represent happiness and abundance.
- Watch dragon and lion dances.
- Craft your own paper lanterns.
Chinese lanterns, Every Chinese New Year ends with a beautiful display of lanterns at the Lantern Festival.
Local Chinese Restaurants in Andover
Why not order a takeaway to celebrate here are some local Chinese restaurants and takeaways that will be open on Friday.
- Buddha, 10B Colenzo Dr, Andover SP10 1JS, 01264 345657
- Tycoon Chinese Restaurant, 90 High Street, Andover, SP10 1NE 01264 332076
- Pearl River, 5 Union St, Andover SP10 1PA, 01264 362330
- Peking Chef, 45A London St, Andover SP10 2NU, 01264 337778
- Oriental House, 161A Weyhill Rd, Andover SP10 3BH, 01264 351259
- Andover Chinese, The Broadway, SP10 2JF, 01264 361279
Tycoon are offering a 10% discount . Monday 15th, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th Feb
Buddha are offering 10% off Monday 15th to Thursday 18th Feb
Golden dragon are offering 10% off Monday 15th Feb
To claim mention, LoveAndover when ordering
We hope everyone celebrating has an amazing and prosperous year ahead.
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