Celebrating Chinese New Year
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Happy New Year!You might be thinking that our new year celebrations are over for the year, but we have good news for you! In 2021, Chinese New Year falls on the 12th of February – so we have another new year’s celebration right around the corner. But if you think this special occasion is only about staying up late and setting off fireworks, then we’re going to ask you to think again. This celebration is so much more than that.
How do we celebrate Chinese New Year?Chinese New Year is more than one day; it’s actually 15 days (from 12 February to 26 February this year). While many of us celebrate New Year’s Eve on a specific date each year (31 December), Chinese New Year changes date every year because it’s based on the lunar calendar and not the Gregorian calendar. The celebrations of Chinese New Year are known as the Spring Festival.The festival is thought to have its origins in the legend of Nian. Thousands of years ago a monster named Nian would attack Chinese villagers at the beginning of the year. Nian was found to be afraid of loud noises, bright lights, and the colour red, so these were used to drive the monster away. This is why firecrackers, fireworks, red clothes, and red decorations are a central part of the new year celebrations.
Food and FestivitiesAs with many celebrations, food plays an important part. Typical foods served during the festivities are fish, oysters, and seaweed. This is because their names in Chinese sound similar to the Chinese words for abundance, good events, and fortune, respectively. Chinese dumplings are eaten at midnight on New Year’s Eve to attract good luck and wealth, and noodles are eaten as they symbolize a long life. Eating traditional sweets is also popular to ensure the upcoming year is sweeter than the last.The most important meal of the year is celebrated on New Year’s Eve (11 February) with the family. After dinner, the children all receive red envelopes (usually filled with money), and then everyone will stay up to welcome in the new year with fireworks.On New Year’s Day, there might be processions or parades, where thousands of people will gather, most of them wearing red. The streets and shops will be decorated with red decorations and Chinese lanterns will be hung up in shopfronts.The Lantern Festival signals the end of the festivities. This is when people hang lanterns in temples or carry them in a nighttime parade. A dragon dance is often observed, as the dragon is a symbol of good fortune.
What is the significance of Chinese New YearThe lunar calendar is associated with twelve animal signs in the Chinese zodiac. Each year correlates to one of the twelve animals. 2020 was the Year of the Rat, 2021 is the Year of the Ox, and 2022 will be the Year of the Tiger.The Chinese zodiac animals are, in order:Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat.The zodiac animal is important as it has some connotations for the year, particularly if you were born in that year. For example, if you were born in the Year of the Ox (for example, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, or 2021), you are considered a natural leader, bright, patient, and cheerful. The Year of the Ox typically brings with it success in business and your career – for all signs but particularly if you are an Ox!
Chinese New Year superstitionsAt this special time of year, if you are in China or are in a country that celebrates the new year you will need to keep a few things in mind.
- Make sure your debts are all paid up before the new year celebrations start, or else you will be in debt for the whole year. Also, don’t borrow or lend money during the festival.
- While you might want to start the new year on a clean note you shouldn’t clean or sweep your house on the first day of the new year, as you may sweep away good fortune. Taking out the garbage is the same as taking good fortune out of your house. A deep clean of your house should be done before the new year celebrations to rid your house of bad energy.
- You shouldn’t wash your hair on New Year’s Day, as this means washing away your wealth.
- Taking medicine on the first day means that you will get sick for the rest of the year. Visiting a patient in a hospital on this day will only bring them more ill-health.
- Avoid any activities which use sharp implements, such as scissors, knives, and needles. Sharp objects are thought to bring bad luck.
- Don’t forget to wear your lucky read underwear! Or at least red clothes. Avoid black or white clothing.
- On the third day of the new year, you should leave some crumbs of crackers in the corners of your house to share your harvest with the rats. If this is done and the rats are undisturbed on this night, then they won’t bother you during the year.
Chinese New YearThe New Year is an exciting time for everyone, bringing with it the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings. If you are in China for Chinese New Year, or if you are in a city where Chinese New Year is celebrated, or if you celebrate it yourself, be sure to find out what your community is doing to celebrate this auspicious occasion.
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- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.