Chinese new year with lanterns at night (2020-09-12) by Pete CarrCulture Liverpool
1. A Fifth of the World Population Celebrates Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year whose months are moon cycles, based on the lunar calendar. The Lunar New Year as a celebration is observed by numerous cultures including Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Philippines and Korea.
Painting of various astrological charts / diagrams (19th century) by Unknown makerRoyal Ontario Museum
2. Each year is represented by one of the 12 animals
It is said the 12 animals were chosen animals by the Jade Emperor who won a special race for guarding the Heavenly Gate.
The order of winner were Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
Do you know which year 2023 is?
The 12 Zodiac Animal Generals : General Rabbit (1983/1985) by Choi_Yu-HyunNational Intangible Heritage Center
Year of the Rabbit, and ...
While it would be widely known that 2023 is the year of the Rabbit
Tabby Cat (Important Cultural Property) (1924) by Takeuchi SeihōYamatane Museum of Art
Year of the Cat
In Vietnam, it is recognized as the year of the Cat.
Printed money envelope (2001/2001)British Museum
3. Money are given as gifts
It is a tradition shared by various Asian culture, to wish luck and prosperity in the year ahead.
In China the custom is to give only brand new money in red envelope and never in the multiple of fours.
4. Celebration continues by praying
Lunar New Year is also a moment to remember those who has passed before us. Praying for the ancestors are an important part of the Lunar New Year tradition.
Together Apart Together: A Tray of the Asian Diaspora (2022-01-27) by Emily B. YangWelcome to Chinatown
5. A time for family gathering
Lunar New Year is the time for family gathering and wishes for a good health and prosperity. On the new year day, the younger family member visit their parents and elder to greet them and have a great time together.
New Year's Market in a Time of Peace-6 of 9 (1708/1771) by Ding GuanpengNational Palace Museum
Disclaimer : The specific of traditions of Lunar New Year may differ from country to country in Asia.