The Lunar New Year is a major holiday in not only China but other Asian countries, including Korea, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Japan stopped celebrating the Lunar New Year in 1873, when they changed to the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar, is the solar calendar and is the same as that used in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
Lunar New Year celebrations in China traditionally run for ﬁfteen days and end on the day of the Lantern Festival, which is on the 15th day of the ﬁrst month. In Chinatowns all over the world, people of all nationalities celebrate with parades, dragon dances, ﬁrecrackers, and festivals.
In China, customs include cleaning the house to sweep away bad luck; gathering for a family dinner to honor ancestors; putting up red decorations symbolizing health, prosperity, and happiness; lighting ﬁrecrackers to drive away evil spirits, and giving money to children in red paper envelopes.
This Lunar New Year is the “Year of the Snake.” The Chinese zodiac consists of 12 animal signs. Kids born during lunar year 2013 are snakes. Snakes are intelligent and passionate; they may also be feared and deceitful.
Lunar calendar - a calendar based on lunar cycles.
Gregorian calendar - The calendar introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, as a modification of the Julian calendar.
nationalities - The status of belonging to a particular nation.
ancestors - one from whom a person is descended and who is usually more remote in the line of descent than a grandparent.
symbolize - to be a symbol
prosperity - The state of being prosperous.
deceitful - Intended to deceive or mislead.
Written by Susy Kim