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January 31, 2014 / demarquettechoc

Happy Chinese New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choi

The Chinese New Year is upon us and it is time for the Snake to give way to the Year of the Horse today. The Chinese New Year has been celebrated for centuries, with the last Year of the Horse being in 2002.

In Chinese astrology, the horse is said to be energetic, bright, warm-hearted, and intelligent. Its’ strengths include communication, perception, and cleverness. The horse, and people born during the Year of the Horse, are said to love the spotlight and do well in crowds. But weaknesses include impatience, stubbornness, and a tendency to be superficial.

Our decadent Imperial China Chocolates!

Our decadent Imperial China Chocolates!

The Year of the Horse has many lucky symbols, such as numbers, colours, and flowers. The lucky flowers of the year include calla lily, marigold, and jasmine. At Demarquette, we use jasmine in our Imperial China Luxury Chocolates. We blend our finest Vietnamese, Malagasy and Venezuelan cacaos with White Monkey Jasmine Tea to create an extraordinary flavour profile.

The seal of Emperor KangXi is placed on each individual chocolate. KangXi was considered to be one of China’s greatest emperors. His reign brought wealth and stability to China, initiating the “Prosperous Era of Kangxi and Qianlong”. Why not celebrates hopes of a prosperous new year by remembering a flourishing time in China’s history and enjoying our Imperial China Chocolates?

The Chinese New Year certainly is a time of celebration! London has the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia. London will be galloping in the Year of Horse on Sunday, 2nd February in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue. The festivities kick off with the New Year’s parade at 10 a.m. The main stage in Trafalgar Square will feature performances by artists visiting from China. A second stage in Shaftesbury Avenue will host performances by community groups and schools. Chinatown will be bustling with lion teams dancing through the streets, as well as stalls filled with traditional food and crafts. The celebration usually culminates with a fireworks display.

There is plenty of fun to be had by all! After you have worn yourself out with all the celebrating, curl up at home and enjoy some Demarquette chocolates as a perfect ending to the Chinese New Years festivities!

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Or if you don’t know Chinese, Happy New Year!

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