For many centuries, in China and many other many Asian countries, it’s not January 1 that marks the start of a new year: it’s Lunar New Year. And it matters much, much more.
Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, starts in 2024 on February 10 and lasts 15 days. The Chinese New Year brings a new set of fortunes affecting everything from career to relationships, and, of course, travel, as predicted by Chinese astrology. While no one knows exactly when the Chinese zodiac was first created, the first record appeared in the 5th century BCE, meaning the astrology system has been in use for more than 2000 years. Variations of the Chinese zodiac are also used in other Asian countries, and Lunar New Year festivals happen in cities around the world.