Recognizing Lunar New Year

Long after the standard calendar became popular, Chinese tradition still followed the lunar calendar and celebrated its New Year. Landing this year on February 12, Lunar New Year is an important event in Chinese culture to embrace the upcoming year and honor family reunions. The holiday typically lasts for two weeks: one week for preparation and the other for celebration. In bracing for the new year, people clean and decorate their homes, shop in the new-year market, hang spring couplets, and anticipate with excitement the coming of the new year.

A senior from Beijing, China, Kaitlin Sun reports, “Since most of us are home this year, we are lucky to spend the new year with our families. Some of the activities we do to celebrate the new year include our New Year's Eve feast, fireworks, and a huge gala that everyone enjoys watching.”

Graduating last spring with the Class of 2020 and a member of a large family, John Zhang comments, “As Hakkas, we believe it is extremely important to love and support each other as family. Each Lunar New Year, we spend time sharing our turn in welcoming family to our homes for meals. Most of the time for me this includes more than 20 relatives.” In responding to the tradition of passing red envelopes within the family, John added, “In Chinese culture, filial piety is rigidly observed.”

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2021 marks the year of the Ox which occurs once every 12 years. Having an honest nature, oxen are known for diligence, dependability, strength, and determination. They are not much influenced by others or the environment but are persist in doing things according to their ideals and capabilities. As a result, people of the Ox zodiac sign often enjoy great success.