Monday, 23 January 2012

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (Chinese: 春節, 春节, Chūnjíe; 農曆新年, 农历新年, Nónglì Xīnnián; or 過年, 过年, Guònián), also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This year is the year of the dragon and it falls on 23 January 2012.

In Chinese calendar, one of the scheme for counting years is a 12-year cycle. One counts from Year 1,2,3,... up to 12. Then starts over from Year 1. (In modern mathematics, this is modulo 12.) Instead of inventing 12 special symbols for this purpose, 12 animals are used to represent these 12 years. Rabbit (hare), for example, is the 4-th year of the cycle.

Here are the 12 animals :

Rat   Ox   Tiger   Hare   Dragon   Snake   Horse   Sheep   Monkey Rooster   Dog   Pig

What year were you born in the Chinese zodiac calendar? To find out more, please check it out here.

The Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.
Thank you for dropping by!


onecraftymama said...

Gung hey fat choy :) Well, at least that's how we used to spell it at school...
I'm a dragon, my dad is one, and my youngest son as well :)

Paul said...

Happy Chinese Year!

Paul said...

Happy Chinese Year!

Lisa said...

Happy New Year!!
I'm a monkey :) Hope that's a good thing!

Trinh said...

Happy Lunar New Year, Lai-Yoke! Hope it's filled with happiness, good health & prosperity. I'm a boar; what about you?

Sue said...

Interesting Lai-Yoke, I was born on the 23rd January, it is my birthday.

Emily Leiphart said...

Happy New Year, Lai Yoke! I'm a Rat. ;)