It's Chinese New Year! 

The Hills Council is holding a Lunar New Year Festival from 5pm on Saturday, February 8, at Don Moore Reserve, North Rocks.

Cherrybrook residents Richard and Jennie Chung are preparing for the Chinese Year of the Horse, too.

The Singaporean natives have decorated their house in red, placed written notes on the walls to denote good fortune to loved ones and are busy preparing traditional pineapple tarts and ‘‘moon’’ biscuits for a New Year’s Eve feast.

‘‘We believe food is a good blessing, so just like at Christmas we have our own reunion on our New Year’s Eve,’’ Mr Chung said.

‘‘The whole family gets together with siblings travelling back from overseas and it’s a wonderful feeling. The younger generation say thank you and ask for blessings from the elders.’’

The Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is on this year on January 31 with celebrations lasting 15 days.

Mr Chung, a retired marketing manager, moved to Australia 22 years ago to provide better educational opportunities and quality of life for his family.

‘‘But we really feel at home here during the new year because there are always a lot of celebrations,’’ he said.

Some traditions include giving young family members red lai-see (lucky money) envelopes, giving a pair of Mandarins symbolising prosperity and good luck and feasting on uncut noodles and fish, symbols of longevity and prosperity.

■ The Cherrybrook Chinese Community Association is holding its annual Chinese New Year banquet on February 9 at the Terrace Restaurant in Castle Hill. About 200 people are expected to attend the 10-course meal with lion dancing and live Chinese music from 6.30pm next week. Details: 9875 3336.

■ The Hills Council is holding a Lunar New Year Festival from 5pm on Saturday, February 8, at Don Moore Reserve, North Rocks.

2014: YEAR OF THE WOODEN HORSE

■ Wooden horses are strong, stable and good at making decisions, making them successful personally and professionally.

■ People born in the Year of the Horse are clever, kind, animated, energetic and love being in the centre of a crowd.

■ The Horse’s lucky colour is green and lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9.

■ The most compatible signs for the Horse are Tiger, Sheep or Dog.

■ Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt, Barbara Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld and Liam Hemsworth were all born in the Year of the Horse.

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