THE Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, is one of the most important celebrations in China and other parts of the world where Chinese people are present. It marks the beginning of spring and the new year based on the Chinese lunar calendar.
In the Philippines, the celebration of Chinese New Year has been part of the Filipino psyche for centuries, as the Chinese's presence in the archipelago dates back even before the Spaniards stepped foot on the nation's soil.
Tsinoys (Chinese-Filipinos) will welcome the Year of the Ox on Friday, February 12, 2021. Here are some facts about the Chinese in the Philippines.
1. Philippine-Chinese relations date back centuries before Spanish rule