The Lunar New Year is a Chinese Tradition. It is also known as the Chinese New Year. It is the new year of the Chinese Calendar.

The Lunar New Year begins on Feb. 12, 2021, and it is the year of Ox. The animals are according to the year of your birth. I am a Rabbit. The animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

According to Google, long ago, in China, the Jade Emperor decided there should be a way of measuring time. On his birthday he told the animals that there was to be a swimming race. The first twelve animals across the fast-flowing river would be the winners and they would each have a year of the zodiac named after them.

The Lunar New is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends with a lantern festival on the 15th day.

Red and gold are popular colors during the celebration. Chinese people give red envelopes during this time as a way of sending good wishes and luck, as well as money. In China, certain foods are eaten. Dumplings are eaten because they represent wealth and the more dumplings you eat, the more money you will make in a year. Fish is eaten because it sounds like the word surplus in Chinese.


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Karen Golden