Lunar New year or Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year is here.
In 2021, the Chinese New Year started from 12th February 2021 beginning a year of the Ox.
Chinese astrology, Chinese New Year is a significant event.
For Chinese people, new year begin at Chinese Lunar New Year rather than January 1!
2021: A year of the Ox will started on February 12th. 2022: A year of the Tiger will start on February 1st.
The ox, in Chinese culture, is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again in the second half of the year.
Why is it called the Spring Festival?
Because it starts from the Beginning of
Spring Season and marks the end of winter.
“The Spring Festival marks a new year on the lunar calendar and represents the desire for a new life.”
2021 is the Year of the Ox
Each year of the
Chinese lunar calendar is represented by one of 12 animal symbols of the Chinese zodiac:
10 Things you didn’t know about Chinese New Year
1. It is a day for praying to gods.
2. The most fireworks are set off in the world that night.
3. It is the longest Chinese holiday.
4. The Spring Festival causes the largest human migration in the world.
5. No showering, sweeping or throwing out garbage allowed.
6. Children receive lucky money in red envelope.
7. You eat dumplings for every meal, every day.
8. There’s wine specifically for the Spring Festival.
9. The Chinese decorate everything red for Chinese New Year.
10. Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival.
A girl wearing a protective mask and face shield holds incense sticks while praying with her mother at the Surya Dharma temple during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Pekanbaru, Indonesia, on Feb. 12, 2021Antara Foto / Reuters.
A health worker sprays disinfectant in between visitors schedule prayer hours on the first day of Lunar New Year at Thean Hou Temple on Feb. 12, 2021 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Annice Lyn / Getty Images.
Make sure you go check out the parades, lion dances, lantern statues, fireworks and amazing food!