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Happy Chinese New Year!
Known in China as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is an important celebration in the Chinese calendar.
While China has used the Gregorian calendar since the early 1900s, Chinese New Year is still dictated by the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. Chinese New Year is celebrated on the second new moon after the winter solstice and as such, the date changes annually. That said, Chinese New Year always falls sometime between January 21st and February 20th.
Celebrations for the new year last for around 15 days making it one of the longest Chinese festivals. This year, celebrations begin on February 19th and will continue until 5th March, culminating in the spectacular Lantern Festival, in which red Chinese lanterns are released into the sky. The drawn-out festivities make Chinese New Year one of the longest and most celebrated festivals in the Chinese calendar.
The first three days of the New Year festival are statutory holidays in China, giving families the chance to come together and celebrate. Gifts are exchanged and a meal is eaten, usually with fish and dumplings often on the menu. Traditionally, red envelopes containing money are given as gifts, usually from adults to children.
The Chinese lunar year is strongly associated with the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. The 12 animals are all said to have certain personality traits which are reflected in the people born to that year; 2015 is the year of the goat, (or sheep, or ram; there is some ambiguity, even in the Chinese community!) People born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003 -and 2015- are all "goats". They are said to be peaceful, kind and mild-mannered people, with a strong creative streak.
In celebration of Chinese New Year, we've brought together a selection of stunning knitwear, footwear, accessories and more in China's luckiest and most auspicious colour -red- to help you ring in the year of the goat in style!
From super-soft sweaters to glamorous underwear, classic polos and luxurious accessories, there's only one colour to be seen in this week; vibrant, pillar-box red! Here's a few of our favourites...
Clockwise from left: Hackett Men's Fine Gauge Crew Sweater - Red, Barbour Full Cashmere Tartan Scarf - Cardinal Tartan, Vivienne Westwood Ladies' Brompton Zip Around Purse - Red, Lacoste Men's Basic Polo Shirt - Red, Johnstons Ladies' Silk and Cashmere Blend Sweater - Poppy, Stella McCartney Lingerie Ladies' Penny Buzzing Knickers and Contour Balconette Bra - Carmine, New Hunter Original Adjustable Wellington Boots - Hunter Red.
Fun facts for goat people:
Lucky numbers: 2 and 7
Lucky colours: Purple, brown and red
Lucky months: August and November
Lucky flowers: Carnations and primroses
Do not wash your hair or clean the home for the first few days of the New Year; it is said to wash away good luck!
Don't ask for a loan during the year of the goat!