As we welcome the Year of the Dog in 2018, here is an introduction to the Lunar New Year aka Chinese New Year!
Read on to find out what and when is Lunar New Year, what the Year of the Dog means, the origin of the Chinese zodiac and how it is celebrated.
Lunar New Year marks the first day in the new year according to the Lunar Calendar.
It is a celebration most commonly associated with China, hence the name Chinese New Year.
Calling the holiday Chinese New Year is misleading, as many countries in Asia and outside also celebrate the Lunar New Year.Asian countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year include Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and more!If a country has numerous Asian residents, it is highly likely there will be celebrations for Lunar New Year.
Cities with a Chinatown such as Toronto, Los Angeles, and London will definitely be hosting celebrations within the community.Each culture has their own name for the celebration.
The Chinese themselves have their own name and call it Spring Festival. Koreans call it Seollal. The common thread between all these cultures is that the Lunar New Year is not only a day of celebration but also a time for family.
For the year 2018, the date is February 16th. Next year (2019) will see the Lunar New Year falling on February 5th.
The dates for the Lunar New Year can be confusing as it changes from year to year.Since the date of the new year is decided by the Lunar calendar, it doesn’t perfectly line up with the Gregorian calendar that we regularly use.
However, the dates consistently fall between the months January and February.Information on exact dates for upcoming Lunar New Years have already been calculated and are readily available on the internet.As for the length of the celebration, that varies from country to country.Some countries provide 1 week of public holiday, others provide 1 day or no holiday at all.
Companies that deal with a lot of Chinese based clients will often have a holiday during this period as well, as their clients will all be on vacation.When in doubt, double-check with your internship supervisor or boss. Otherwise, assume it is a regular working day!