On 28th February 2017, Thai people of Chinese descent will celebrate Chinese New Year or Troot-Jeen (ตรุษจีน) . The date for Chinese New Year is determined by the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar.
Chinese animal zodiac of 2017 is a rooster!
Nine things to do on Chinese New Year (in Thailand)
The following are nine things that Thai Chinese people do during the New Year’s day. The activities may differ from the Chinese tradition.
Offer sacrifices to ancestors
Eat vegetarian food as the first meal
Wear new clothes
Give oranges to guests
Eat dumplings together
Give red envelopes to kids and receive red envelopes from elders (Lucky Money)
Do not clean the house
Offer sacrifices to Chinese gods
Write new year greetings
For number 9, we have some examples of Four Symbols (四象) that are used as Chinese New Year greetings:
A Happy New Year to you
May your business flourish
Congratulations and Prosperity
May everything go well
May money and treasures be plentiful
May you be promoted to a higher position
Watch this video to see how to say these phrases in Chinese!
Food on the Chinese New Year’s day
In a Thai Chinese family these are the must-have dishes: Fried leek with duck meat, Fried garlic chives, fried sprouts with tofu, nian gao, candle pudding or pastry, etc.
Is Chinese New Year a public holiday in Thailand?
Unfortunately, Chinese New Year is not a public holiday in Thailand. However, if you are a company employee, a company may decide to make this day a holiday (mostly Chinese companies).
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