The period of celebration then continues for 15 days, until the full moon on February 14.
Chinese restaurateur and owner of Palmyra’s Lee Palace Thomas Wai told the Times that the 15th day of the new year was also the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day, providing a chance for people to court while celebrating under the full moon.
The Year of the Horse, the seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac, lasts until February 18, 2015. People born under the sign of the horse are believed to be hardworking, independent and cheerful types who enjoy being with other people.
The Chinese community living in the City of Melville will celebrate with festive foods both at home and at the many restaurants in the area.