The Chinese New Year falls this year on the 25th of January 2020 and it’s the Year of the Rat.  The Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration on the traditional Chinese calendar. It is also known as the “Spring Festival” and is widely celebrated throughout the world. In the traditional Chinese society, the new year symbolises the harvest festival and there is a collective prayer for a good planting and harvesting season. 

There are a lot of interesting myths and traditional customs associated with this festival. It is a very auspicious time and is used to pray to the deities and ward away all evil energies. On this day showering, sweeping or throwing out any garbage is not allowed as it is believed to wash away all the good luck!   

It is also an occasion for families to get together for elaborate feasts, light firecrackers, and give money to the younger generation in red paper envelopes. It is also the longest national holiday season in China. 

2020 is the Year of the Rat. The Rat is the first of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, and symbolises new beginnings and renewals. It is also the start of a new decade and this year holds a special meaning for all of us.  

At Andrew Kerr Care, we are expanding our own family this year via the redevelopment of the Glenbank Mansion. We hope this is going to be a year filled with energy and opportunities for all of us. 

At Andrew Kerr Care, we are also celebrating the Chinese New Year on the 25th of January 2020. We look forward to welcoming the Year of the Rat & to create even more living, caring and community moments with you on this day! 

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