Celebrate Chinese New Year with Planet Numbers!

12th January 2016

Chinese New Year is coming soon and 2016 is the year of the Monkey!  Celebrations officially start on the 7th February, with the New year being on the 8th.

Many people in China will be getting 7 days off work, and pupils at schools and universities get a month’s holiday!  It’s a major holiday not just in China but all over Asia! A massive 1/5th of the world’s population celebrate Chinese New Year!

Here are some interesting facts on Chinese New Year

  • It’s big in London — around 500,000 people converged for Chinese New Year in London’s Chinatown, Trafalgar Square, and central London streets in 2013.
  • The phrase ‘Happy New Year’ in Chinese is ‘Gung Hei Fat Choi’ which means ‘May You Have Good Fortune’.
  • Each year of the Chinese New Year is named after one of 12 animaLanterns ls, repeating in 12-year cycles. The list in order is: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram (goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
  • Apple is releasing an exclusive red and gold watch for Chinese New Year.
  • No single hour in any other country sees as many tons of lit fireworks as China does around midnight on Chinese New Year. China produces about 90% of the world’s fireworks!
  • China witnesses the world’s largest human migration (known as Chunyan) during the festival as over a billion people board planes, trains, boats, buses, and cars to reunite with their families.
  • Children in China receive red envelopes filled with cash gifts on New Year’s Day. The amount they receive is usually an even number but it cannot be divisible by four as the number 4 means death.
  • It is considered good luck to thoroughly clean the house for the festival, thus getting rid of any bad feelings. Failing to do so can bring dishonour and bad luck to the family rather than the good fortune that everyone would like.
  • On Chinese New Year everyone is a year older. It doesn’t matter when you were born; It’s like a national birthday!
  • The two weeks of celebrations usually end with a Lantern Festival; on the eve of the 15th day, families and friends again come together to eat and to put up lanterns or release them into the skies.

How to wish family and friend’s a Happy New Year without it costing a fortune

China – Call from 2.5p/minute
Indonesia – Call from 6p/minute
Philippines – Call from 12p/minute
Vietnam – Call from 8p/minute
South Korea – Call from 2p/minute
Malaysia – Call from 2p/minute
North Korea – Call from 85p/minute
Taiwan – Call from 2.5p/minute
Brunei – Call from 4p/minute
Singapore – Call from 1.5p/minute
Hong Kong – Call from 1p/minute
Macau – Call from 7p/minute

All of these super-cheap prices apply to our prepaid accounts and Pay by Text services, meaning you’ll only pay the price per minute we advertise, with no additional “access charges” that many phone operators now charge for calling 0843 and 0844 numbers.