Chinese New Year
In Chinese culture and East Asian countries, the festival is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival. The first day of Lunar New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2021, the first day will be on Friday, 12 February, which is the Year of the Ox. The Gregorian Calendar dates for Chinese New Year from 1912 to 2101 are below.
About Chinese New Year in brief
Lunar New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunar calendar. In Chinese culture and East Asian countries, the festival is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival. The first day of Lunar New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2021, the first day will be on Friday, 12 February, which is the Year of the Ox. The traditional Chinese calendar follows a Metonic cycle, a system used by the modern Jewish Calendar, and returns to the same date in Gregorian calendar roughly. The Gregorian Calendar dates for Chinese New Year from 1912 to 2101 are below, along with the year’s presiding animal zodiac and its Stem-branch. The elements are distinguished by a yin and yang association that alternates every two years while the zodiac is rotated every 60 years. For example, the 2011 year of the Rabbit began on 3 February 2011, but the previous year is generally aligned with the Rabbit’s birth-year. Many people inaccurately calculate their Chinese New year by converting it from their Gregorian birth- year to January to mid-February, the previous Chinese dates through January 1, the new year in the Gregorian year until that day. In more than 96% of the years, the Chinese New. Year’s Day is the closest date to a new moon to lichun on 4 or 5 February, and the first new moon after Dahan. In theGregorian calendar, the Lunar New year begins at thenew moon that falls between 21 February and 20February. In the Gregorians, the year begins on January 31, the same day as the New Year’s Day in the traditional Chinese year of January 31.
The year begins with the first of the twenty-four solar terms which the festival celebrates around the time of. The festival was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries with significant Overseas Chinese or Sinophone populations, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Mauritius. The calendar is also used in countries that have been influenced by, or have relations with, China – such as Korea, Japan and Vietnam, though occasionally the date celebrated may differ by one day or even one moon cycle due to using a meridian based on a different capital city in a different time zone or different placements of intercalary months. For the northern regions of China, dumplings are featured prominently in meals celebrating the festival. It often serves as the first meal of the year either at midnight or as breakfast of the firstday. It often is also the time when Chinese families gather for the annual reunion dinner. The Chinese New Years Day is also a time for Chinese families to clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. The names of the Earthly Branches have no English counterparts.