Talk Africa: 2021 Chinese new year


New year’s celebrations around the world are a time of hope and new beginnings;  and traditionally bring together family and friends from near and far. But not all cultures celebrate their New Year at the same time.

Chinese New Year is taking place this year in February and as with all years, is named after one of 12 animals. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, an animal in Chinese culture associated with diligence, wealth and perseverance.

In years past, one of the largest global migrations of people took place as revellers travelled home for their new year’s celebrations. However, due to the corona pandemic, this year is different.

On this week’s show, we look at the significance of cultural symbols both in China and Africa, and also at the impact the pandemic may have on Chinese New Year, 2021.

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