Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Chinese New Year 2006

This year Chinese New Year started on January 29, 2006. It was the start of a Year of the Dog; 1/1/4704 on the Chinese calendar; and a new moon. Each Chinese month (and year) starts on the new moon. For a PDF file showing this year's calendar with the phases of the moon, email your request to

The Year of the Dog is supposed to be 'good for marriages', just as the Year of the Dragon is good for births.

It is a red-fire Dog Year. Some Feng Shui followers have suggested putting a sculpture or picture of a rabbit in your front door - so the dog will chase the rabbit out and take bad energy with it.

A dog's bark "wang" is the homonym to another Chinese character meaning wealth and prosperity. Barking dogs bring prosperity for New Year.

China brought back New Year's firework tradition (AP)BEIJING The old tradition of fireworks at Chinese New Year celebrations was back with a bang in Beijing on Saturday, as authorities lifted a 12-year ban during the Lunar New Year holiday.

New rules allow residents of the capital to ignite fireworks all day on Jan. 28 and 29 - New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - and from 7 am to midnight every day from Jan. 30 to Feb. 12.

Lunar New Year in China

Pictures of CNY from around the world

One person's CNY in Taiwan

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