Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is celebrated by many countries across Asia.

It typically falls between January 21 and February 20 and marks the lunisolar calendar’s first new moon. This year it starts on January 22 and culminates on February 5 with the Lantern Festival.

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. >^..^<

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There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac classification, with one assigned to each year. The animals include the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

The festival has a history of over 3,000 years. Celebrations vary by country and culture, but themes of prosperity, happiness, and health are present in all. Connecting with family is a vital part of the celebration.

Key activities include big family dinners with foods like new year cakes and dumplings, decorations including red Chinese lanterns, fireworks, and firecrackers, and giving red envelopes with money in them. You’ll see red everywhere, representing happiness and good luck.

In public celebrations, you’ll see traditional dragon and lion dances.

Guò nián hǎo! Happy Lunar New Year!

(pronounced ‘gwor-nyen haoww’ in Mandarin)

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