It’s the start of a new year in many east Asian cultures. In fact, more than 1.5 billion people celebrate the Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. The first day of the holiday begins on the new moon, which typically occurs between January 21 and February 20 each year. In 2023, Lunar New Year starts on January 22 and ends on January 29.
The day is marked by celebrating with friends and family, delicious food, bright fireworks, and red everywhere. Each year, there is an animal associated with the coming year; the twelve rotate on a fixed cycle. At Yellow Bliss Co., we love to toast all cultures and highlight celebrations from around the world. Learn about the Lunar New Year and ways to ring in the Lunar New Year.
What is Lunar New Year?
Many east Asian countries, including China, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam, celebrate the Lunar New Year. The lunisolar calendar tracks the different phases of the sun and moon. Using this calendar, the new moon that appears between January 21 and February 20 marks the start of the Lunar New Year.
The holiday is celebrated for 16 days with fireworks, parades, feasts, and lion and dragon dances. The customs and traditions can vary between cultures and families. The Lunar New Year is about embracing new energy and new life and bringing in luck and prosperity for the year ahead.
This year, Lunar New Year begins on January 22, but many celebrations have begun in the days before. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit.
What Year of the Rabbit Brings
The animals associated with each Lunar New Year are akin to the zodiac signs. Each animal represents personality traits that the people born in that year are said to possess. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. People born during Rabbit years are often affectionate and peaceful. They appreciate forming close relationships and having tranquility around them.
Each year also has an element associated with the animal, either earth, fire, metal, water, or wood. 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit, which is associated with an ability to turn around unfortunate events and positively.
If you were born during a year of the rabbit, this year, you should embrace letting go of things that no longer serve you and embracing new experiences, people, and things. Horoscopes say that Rabbits will have more luck and opportunity in 2023.
Celebrating Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is traditionally celebrated by hanging red decorations around the home and having a reunion dinner with the family. Some of the lucky foods to eat are fish for increased property, dumplings and spring rolls for wealth, and longevity noodles for happiness and longevity. The Yellow Bliss Co. Chinese New Year collection creates a stunning tablescape for a feast with family and friends.
Older family members also give money to kids in red envelopes for luck and wealth. There are fireworks displays, offerings to ancestors, and visiting relatives and friends. Many communities have parades with lion and dragon dancers. At the end of the Lunar New Year, there are lantern festivals and more fireworks.
Welcome In the Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year is meant to usher in luck and prosperity and spend time with friends and family. But it’s the rich traditions of culture and family that those to celebrate look forward to each year.
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Have a prosperous and light-filled Lunar New Year!
Xīn nián kuài lè!