Does Manila celebrate Chinese New Year?

How do you say Chinese New Year in the Philippines?

In the Filipino language, the Chinese New Year could be called a katangi-tanging selebrasyon, or “one-of-a-kind celebration!”

Why are we celebrating Chinese New Year?

This year Chinese New Year will begin on 12 February. The reason the new year falls at this time is because it marks the start of the lunar new year, which is when there is the start of a new moon. This is different to the ‘Gregorian’ calendar that we traditionally use in the UK, which always starts on 1 January.

How do you say Happy Chinese New Year in Filipino?


In the Hokkien language that most Chinese Filipinos speak, the Chinese New Year greeting is Kiong Hee Huat Tsai. To compare, the Cantonese version dominant in Hong Kong is Kung Hei Fat Choi and the Mandarin is Gong Xi Fa Cai.

What color should you not wear on Chinese New Year?

Everyone loves the colour black because it flatters most body shapes. Unfortunately, it is a colour that you must never wear during the new year because black is typically worn during funerals. The colour has been associated with death, depression and all sorts of inauspicious things!

What are Chinese New Year traditions?

The main Chinese New Year activities include 1) putting up decorations, 2) eating reunion dinner with family on New Year’s Eve, 3) firecrackers and fireworks, 4) giving red envelopes and other gifts, and 5) watching lion and dragon dances. See more on how Chinese People Celebrate Chinese New Year.

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