Otherwise also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, it is one of the most important holidays for various Asian countries. It is commonly called the “Lunar New Year” as it is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. As one of the longest and most important festivities, celebrations span across 15 days with different designated activities and traditions. Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th, 2019 and ends on February 19thfor this year. As a time for gathering, families unite during the celebrations to ring in the “New Year”. As family is the basis of the Chinese society, there is a great emphasis on the New Year’s Eve dinner or reunion dinner. With a vast number of different dishes created to give blessings for the next year, the names and looks will represent symbols of wishes. For the children, they often look forward to receiving red envelopes with money from their elders. As the twelfth animal in the zodiac, 2019 is the year of the pig. With their chubby faces and big ears as signs of fortune, the pigs are symbols of wealth. (Recent years of the Pig are: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year!
新年快乐！(xīn nián kuài lè!)
By: Lucia Sun