On the first day of the lunar calendar, millions of people around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year. The holiday is marked by colorful decorations, delicious food, and lots of red envelopes filled with money! To help you get in the spirit, here are six fun facts about Lunar New Year that you may not know.
1. It’s Not Just One Day
Most people think that Chinese New Year is just one day—the first day of the lunar calendar—but it’s actually a 15-day celebration! It begins on Chinese New Year’s Eve and ends on the 15th day with Lantern Festival. During this time, there are plenty of cultural activities to enjoy such as lion dances and temple fairs.
2. A Different Animal Every Year
According to Chinese zodiac tradition, each year is represented by an animal symbol. 2020 is the year of the Rat while 2021 will be the year of the Ox. The 12 animals in order are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
3. Red Is Lucky Color
During Lunar New Year celebrations red is everywhere — from decorations to clothing. Red symbolizes luck and good fortune and it helps ward off evil spirits too! Red lanterns can also be seen hanging throughout town during this time as they bring positive energy into people’s lives for a prosperous new year ahead!
4. Reunion Dinner & Fireworks
On Chinese New Year’s Eve families come together for a reunion dinner known as ‘tuan nian’ or ‘tuen ng yan’ in Cantonese. This is a special occasion for families to spend quality time together over delicious food instead of eating out or ordering takeout! At midnight fireworks mark the start of a new year – it’s said that all bad energy will be burned away with them!
5. Cleaning House Beforehand
Before Lunar New Year festivities begin families go through a thorough cleaning process — sweeping every corner and mopping every floor — so that their homes can welcome in positive energy when it arrives! It’s also important to clean your body before then – no haircuts or baths are allowed until after Day 7 as these activities may wash away good luck too!
6. Clean Cupboards & Refrigerator
After all that cleaning don’t forget to clean out your cupboards and refrigerator too! This activity symbolizes getting rid of all old things so that only fresh things remain for the coming year – this includes throwing out any expired food or unused items like clothing or furniture!
Lunar New Year is one of China’s most important holidays – filled with traditional customs and cultural activities that have been practiced for centuries. Whether you celebrate at home with family or join friends at local events like lion dances and firecrackers shows – remember to keep these 6 facts in mind so you can make sure your celebrations are filled with good luck and prosperity for years to come! Happy Lunar New Year everyone!
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