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Chinese New Year promises good luck for Sinclair and Wright

  • 08 February 2013 11:07
  • Posted by @porter_MCFC

City players Scott Sinclair and Richard Wright can expect good fortune from the coming year, as China prepares to celebrate the year of the Snake on February 10.

Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar, and therefore does not fall on the same day every year in the western calendar, and never falls on January 1.

China is preparing to start 15 days of celebrations, beginning on February 9. Before the start of the festivities, it is traditional for each family to thoroughly clean the house to sweep away ill-fortune and welcome good luck in the coming year.

On the eve of Chinese New Year, families will enjoy a supper together, and the following morning children are given money in red paper envelopes as a symbol of prosperity.

Unlike in the West, where zodiac signs are based on month of birth, the Chinese zodiac follows a twelve yearly cycle. Everyone born during the next Chinese year will fall under the sign of the snake, and can expect good luck in forthcoming snake years.

Chinese Zodiac animals

Scott Sinclair, born in 1989, and Richard Wright born in 1977, can look forward to a promising year ahead.

There are plenty of rabbits, roosters and oxen in the Blues squad, with four of each.

David Silva, James Milner, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov were all born in the year of the Ox, and are therefore said to be honest and industrious, with a strong devotion to work.

Those born in the year of the dragon are said to be charismatic, energetic, and warm hearted, as well as natural leaders. These are characteristics you may recognise in City boss Roberto Mancini and his fellow Dragons, Sergio Aguero and Micah Richards.

This weekend, the City players will be attempting to speak Chinese to wish our fans a Happy New Year.

You can watch them wishing China a Happy National Day last October below.

Every day during the New Year celebrations, City’s Chinese site is giving away great prizes.

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