It’s the New Year! And in spirit of that, here are five things you probably didn’t know about the Lunar, or Chinese, New Year:
- The 15-day festival starts on January 31 this year. It usually begins with the first new moon of each year and ends on the full moon.
- Homes are cleaned spotless before the new year and all cleaning supplies are put away before New Year’s Eve because it’s believed to be bad luck if cleaning is done on New Year’s Day.
- Food is integral! Dinners are held with loved ones and the deceased are honored.
- Firecrackers are used to welcome in the new year, just like in the American tradition! In China, officials are trying to discourage fireworks displays in order to reduce air pollution.
- Red is an important color for the Lunar New Year! It symbolizes a bright and happy future. Happiness is great.
We would like to wish our residents a Happy Lunar New Year!