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Mandarin Students to host Tent at Chinese New Year Block Party


The Chinese New Year begins Friday (Feb. 16) and Fat City will be the scene of a four-hour block party to celebrate this Sunday. Come out and visit with St. Augustine Mandarin students!

The Xavier Confucius Institute, Metairie Business Development District sincerely invite you to Chinese new year block party on Sunday, February 25, 2018. There will be a lot of wonderful Chinese traditional programs, games, activities and delicious Chinese food. 

The celebration will be staged in Metairie on 18th Street between N. Arnoult Road and Edenborn Avenue in Fat City. The block party is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Learn more about Chinese New Year from the BBC below. 

When is Chinese New Year 2018?

The 2018 Chinese New Year began on Friday, February 16.

The celebrations will last for over two weeks.

Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar.

New Year's Day normally falls between January 21 and February 20.

How is Chinese New Year celebrated?

The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound, involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances.

Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year's Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year's Day.

Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with 'lucky money' and positive wishes on New Year's Day.

Some teens now have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

2018 is the Year of the Dog.

The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, and those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are also known as Dogs.

According to the Asian astrology, your year of birth - and the animal this represents - determines a lot about your personality traits.

Which Chinese zodiac animal am I?

The Chinese animal zodiac or shengxiao, which means 'born resembling', are arranged in a repeating cycle of 12 years.

The animal changes at the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and traditionally these animals were used to date the years.

However, Chinese New Year is a movable celebration, dictated by the lunar cycle, which can fall anytime between January 21 and February 20.

This year, for example, it will be celebrated on Friday, 16th February.

If you're feeling confused, calculate your zodiac sign here.

Although each of the twelve animals gets an outing every dozen years, there are different varieties - and 2018 will be the first Year of the Earth Dog since 1958.

Anyone born in an Earth Dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.