Many of us rang in 2020 weeks ago, already made and broke our resolutions for the year, but according to the lunisolar calendar, it’s still 4717, or 2019 in Gregorian terms.
Chinese New Year, aka Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, traditionally entails a 15-day celebration starting with the new moon in late January or February and ending with the following full moon. It’s all about spending time with loved ones over auspicious meals, spring cleaning and decorating, holiday shopping, and little red envelopes filled with “lucky money.” Plus lots and lots of firecrackers on Chinese New Year’s Eve — and maybe even some pyrotechnics.
These traditions have made their way around the globe, meaning exciting festivities throughout the month of February from the west coast of Canada to Southeast Asia. Wherever you are on January 25 to welcome the Year of the Rat, put on something red for luck and party like it’s 4718.