Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year, is on February 1st, 2022, but celebrations can last up to 16 days. The first 7 days of Chinese New Year is considered a public holiday in China (January 31st-February 6th) and the celebration ends with the Lantern Festival on February 15th. This celebration is tied to the Chinese Lunar calendar, and “the holiday began as a time for feasting and to honor household and heavenly deities, as well as ancestors” (History.com Editors, 2022).
The Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese calendar, which has been around since the 14th century B.C.E. This calendar was set according to the lunar phases and the Chinese zodiac (Mazzei, 2021). Chinese New Year is not only celebrated in China, but anywhere where there is a large Chinese population, including Vancouver! There are many activities and traditions that people partake in during Chinese New Year including visiting with relatives and enjoying special meals, public firework displays, dancing dragon performances, giving out “lucky money” in red envelopes, lantern displays, and paying respect to ancestors (Mazzei, 2021).
The Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese Zodiac “is a repeating 12-year cycle of animal signs…based on the lunar calendar”; the zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig (Ho, 2022). During the Lunar New Year is when the transition from one animal to the next occurs, in 2021 the animal was the Ox and starting on February 1st, 2022, the year of the Tiger will begin.
The Chinese New Year website has an abundance of information about the Chinese New Year including information about the Chinese Zodiac, traditions including food, drinks, and clothes, and festivities including decorations, red pockets, and the lantern festival.
For more information and other events in the lower mainland visit: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/lunar-new-year-events-metro-vancouver
History.com Editors. (2022, January 5). Lunar New Year 2022. https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year
Ho, Fefe. (2022). Chinese Zodiac. Chinese New Year. https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/
Mazzei, M. (2021). Chinese New Year. Salem Press Encyclopedia. http://elibrary.alexandercollege.ca/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=98402045&site=eds-live&scope=site