Happy Chinese New Year! Every February, this enchanting holiday is honored by millions of people across the globe, making it one of the world’s most widespread celebrations.
While there’s a chance you’re familiar with the festival, you may not know the significance and symbolism behind some of its most important customs. If that’s the case, you’re in luck! Here, we take a closer look at the history and elements of China’s Lunar New Year in order to understand what makes this fantastic festival so important.
What is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year is a holiday that marks the start of the new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar. The holiday begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and concludes during the full moon that occurs 15 days later.
Because of its reliance on the lunar phases, the festival falls on different days each year. Similarly, a rotating cast of 12 zodiac animals are celebrated in accordance with the holiday, with one animal symbolizing a single year.
This year, the festival begins on February 5 and ends on February 19. And, according to the lunar calendar, it is now the Year of the Pig.[…]