Your Ultimate Guide To Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is the most central holiday across various Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, Korea, etc., which is sometimes overlooked in western interpretations of the event. The celebration lasts from 7 to 15 days and is jam-packed with culture, well-wishes, and plenty of fantastic food.
The Lunar New Year festivities are about to begin. You don’t have to be in Asia to participate in the festivities because we live in an interconnected globe where cultures spread and blend in different areas.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Lunar New Year, here’s a look at the festival’s traditions and rituals, as well as some tips on how to prepare for and celebrate the occasion.
#1. Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival
The Spring Festival is almost here. The weather is still cold, but the holiday signals the end of the coldest days. People look forward to spring and the opportunities it presents, such as planting and harvesting.
The Spring Festival also adheres to the lunar calendar. That is to say; the Spring Festival is another name for the Lunar New Year.
#2. Every year, the date of the Lunar New Year changes
The Chinese lunisolar calendar, based on the moon’s phases, determines the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival.
The date of the Lunar New Year differs each year when converted to the Gregorian calendar we use in everyday life, although it always occurs between January 21 and February 20. The year of the Tiger begins on February 1st, 2022, and ends on January 21st, 2023.
#3. The Asian Zodiac has 12 animals
Unlike the Western zodiac, which assigns individual signs to months, the Asian zodiac (Chinese zodiac) signals entire years. This means that each lunar year is connected with a different animal.
2022 is the Year of the Tiger. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength and braveness. Zodiac animals are much more important than in Western cultures. Your animal can influence your career, health, and relationship success. Make sure to find out what your zodiac animal is!
#4. Decorations & symbols
Red is often used in Lunar New Year decorations since it is considered a lucky sign.
Red decorations and symbols are plentiful and come in various shapes and sizes, each with its meaning. Lanterns are used to ward off bad luck and are hung on streets, buildings, and trees.
Door couplets are placed on both sides of the doors and offer good wishes. They come in pairs.
Tangerines and mandarin oranges represent abundance and prosperity. These are not only used as decorations but are also given as gifts to friends and family.
New clothes are also thought to bring good luck and help you start over. People will also add new red clothing to their Spring Festival wardrobe.
#5. Red envelopes
Red envelopes or red packets containing money are traditionally given as gifts to transfer wealth from adults to younger generations.
This means that they are given to kids and teens by their parents, grandparents, and other older and more established family members. However, they can also be given to friends and coworkers. And, like many other things that have gone digital, red envelopes now have an electronic counterpart.
#6. Street parades and family reunions
Because Lunar New Year is such a long festival, there are numerous ways to enjoy it.
Numerous people visit friends and family to share a meal and exchange gifts. Many people travel long distances for a family reunion, making the Lunar New Year the world’s largest human migration.
In addition to family gatherings, street parades and open-air markets where people can enjoy the positive vibe while purchasing food and flowers are very common.
#7. The dragon dances
The famous dragon dance is part of the street celebrations. The dragon represents wisdom, power, and good fortune. The dragon dance is thought to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the community.
#8. Best wishes & greetings
People wish each other luck, health, and good fortune when they meet during the Lunar New Year period. Greeting cards, either paper or electronic, are sent to those who cannot attend the festivities.
You can check out how to send your Lunar New Year wishes in Asian languages here.
#9. Wine for the Lunar new year
An adage says there’s no manners or etiquette without wine. This means that you must have wine on hand for any ceremony, festival, or essential dinner.
Wine is available for engagement dinners, weddings, and birthdays, as well as the Spring Festival. With such a thriving wine culture, it’s no surprise that there are a plethora of drinking games to be found. But it’s not all fun and games.
When dining with someone older than you, such as at New Year’s Lunar dinners, you must adhere to strict toasting etiquette rules. They include the sequence of toasts, seating, how to hold the wine glass, and so on.
If you do business in any markets that celebrate the Lunar New Year, make sure you understand and respect their unique customs. The GTE Localize team wishes you best wishes for the new year!
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