About Chinese New Year - Happy Chinese New Year!
Yesterday, many people around the world, but mostly in China, started to celebrate another New Year, but this time by Chinese traditions.
China is a unique country, where New Year is celebrated two times a year. The first time - according to European tradition - from December 31 to January 1, and the second time is a real Chinese New Year, which is celebrated from January 21 to February 21. The date is not constant, it is calculated in a special way, using the solar-lunar calendar. This date corresponds to the beginning of the second lunar cycle. In 2018 this day falls on February 16.
Here are some Chinese New Year Facts:
◦ The traditional Chinese New Year does not have a stable date, it is between 21 January and 21 February.
◦ In 2018 the holiday is on February 16th.
◦ There are three versions of the holiday occurrence (something I will post in another post).
◦ The Eastern calendar has a twelve cycle, each year of the cycle is devoted to an animal.
◦ 2018 is a year of the yellow earth dog.
◦ The date of celebration of the traditional New Year falls on the first day of the second New Moon (Darkmoon) in the coming year.
◦ In China this holiday lasts for 15 days.
◦ On this holiday people eat Chinese dumplings, New Year's cake (rice cake), sweets, and may other Chinese dishes.
Chinese New Year decorations
Chinese dumplings and rice balls
Chinese New Year is a great time to travel to China (even though a lot of people will be in the country) and experience Chinese traditions and this great holiday! Maybe this is something I will do next year :)
Happy Chinese New Year!
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