Know as the Lunar New Year in modern China, Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Chinese worldwide. The festival itself is an important celebration which is colorful, loud and fun. Interestingly enough, Chinese New Year never falls on the same date because it is based on the Lunar Calendar. Chinese New Year tends to fall between 21 January and 20 February.
Here in Phuket, we have many activities to ring in Chinese New Year. The island is decorated with delightful red Chinese lanterns. In the Chalong area, which isn’t too far from Santosa, the Chalong Temple hosts a really interesting temple fair. You can buy anything you want here – from clothes to plants as well as sample local food. There are cultural shows and events nightly, too.
Phuket Old Town also hosts Chinese New Year celebrations in the park with big, golden dragon statue. Here, the local Thai-Chinese community puts on many events and festivities. It is interesting to see Thailand’s take on Chinese New Year.
We love this time of year at Santosa. Although we remain busy with detox guests and maintaining our daily activities, including our weekly vegan buffet, we also ensure to sneak away to enjoy the festivities that Chinese New Year offers.
Welcome to the Year of the Dog
Chinese New Year is on Friday 16 February this year and 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. For those who aren’t aware, the Chinese zodiac moves in a twelve year cycle. The Chinese zodiac is quite fun, and depending upon the year that you were born, can say a lot about your personality traits.
Twelve animals make up the Chinese zodiac and are acknowledged every dozen years. However, this is the first Year of the Dog since 1958! Anyone born in the years 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are also known as Dogs.
For those born in the Year of the Dog, your personality traits include being communicative, serious and super responsible in the workplace. Does this describe you?
How is Chinese New Year Celebrated?
Across the globe, Chinese New Year is a celebration of sight and sound. Be prepared to hear bells ringing, firecrackers going off and watch traditional lion dances. Everything is awash in a sea of bright colors such as red, yellow and green. Seriously, we love Chinese New Year and its sensory overload!
Chinese families gather for a celebratory dinner on New Year’s Eve and spend the day cleaning their houses on New Year’s Day to sweep away bad fortune. Children are often given red envelopes stuffed with money. Known as Ang Pao, this lucky money also brings positive wishes for the new year.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center
While Chinese New Year is a joyous occasion for Chinese across the globe, much like any holiday it can be a time of overindulgence. Perhaps all of the delicious food has left you a few kilos heavier than before, or maybe you are just feeling sluggish and feel the need to be motivated to get your health back on track?
Santosa can help. We have a wide variety of detox and wellness programs that can clean your system from the inside out. Additionally, we have loads of cardio-based fitness classes, yoga classes for all levels, a lush sauna, a spa and so much more.
If you need to kickstart your health after Chinese New Year, we’d be happy to help you. For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below. We are so excited to welcome you to Santosa!