Happy Chinese New Year
New year? It’s already February.
Well, that’s according to Gregorian calender. According to the Chinese lunar calender, the year has only just begun.
Lunar calender? What’s that?
The lunar calender is a calender used for thousands of years in Chinese culture and follows the moon phases much more closely than the more conventional calender we’re used to. If you were to look up into the night sky on the 16th of a lunar month, you will definitely find a full moon (or at least, that’s what I’ve been told. I haven’t actually tested this myself, so do let me know if you’ve found this to be true. Remember, it’s the 16th day of the month according to the lunar calender).
That said, although the new year starts today, the celebration actually starts the day before with a Reunion Dinner.
Chinese culture, like many Asian cultures, value family. For many people the annual Reunion Dinner is their only chance to meet their extended family members and those staying far overseas.
And today is just the beginning. Traditionally, Chinese New Year celebrations continue for 15 days. That’s basically half a month of celebrating the new year.
The Chinese can party pretty hard too.
Happy Chinese New Year everyone 🙂