5 things you didn't know
About Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is undoubtedly the most important holiday in China, and to Chinese people around the world. With over 20% of the global population partaking in the celebrations, we delve into five things you might not know about this spirited annual festival.
THERE IS NO SINGLE FIXED DATE FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR
This year, 2020, Lunar New Year falls on January 25 and the festival will last until February 8 which is 15 days in total. Each year, this date changes in accordance with the Lunar calendar.
EVERY LUNAR NEW YEAR IS REPRESENTED WITH AN ANIMAL ZODIAC
In total, there are 12 zodiac animals and each Lunar New Year this animal changes. 2020 is the year of the rat which is often associated with adaptability, vitality and cheerfulness.
RED IS THE OFFICIAL COLOUR OF LUNAR NEW YEAR
From red lanterns to red dragons, the colour red is everywhere at Lunar New Year as a symbol of joy and good fortune.
LUNAR NEW YEAR IS TRADITIONALLY FOR PRAYING
Traditionally, Lunar New Year is a time to pray to ancient deities and ancestors and to honour family and household. It also encapsulates a far wider variety of important acts including family togetherness and feasting on special foods.
DUMPLINGS ARE THE MOST COMMON FOOD
As a symbol of family reunion and togetherness, families traditionally spend Lunar New Year preparing dumplings for a feast at midnight. Dumplings are considered a token of wealth and good luck.