Lunar New Year, also known as LNY, Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is a traditional festival to celebrate the beginning of the year in lunar calendar. It is considered one of the most important festivals for Chinese and Chinese descendants around the world. This festival is celebrated from the first day until the fifteenth day of the first month in Chinese lunar calendar.
Since Lunar New Year is determined by using lunar calendar, the date of the festival varies from year to year in Gregorian calendar. Some Asian countries celebrate Lunar New Year as a public holiday, yet, the period of holidays varies in each country.
Different countries recognize different names of Lunar New Year. It is known as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival in China, Japanese New Year in Japan, Korean New Year or Seollal (Seolnal) in Korea, Vietnamese New Year or Tet in Vietnam, Losar in Tibet, Tsagaan Sar in Mongol, Imlek in Indonesia, and many other names in different countries.
When is Lunar New Year 2014?
2013 Lunar New Year will be celebrated for 15 days from Friday, 31 January 2014, until Friday, 14 February 2014.
2014 Lunar New Year Celebration
Lunar New Year is celebrated by Chinese and Chinese descendants in many countries around the world. Yet, the main celebration takes place in some Asian countries where a significant number of Chinese people reside. People celebrate the festival by cleaning the house and decorate it with many red ornaments such as lanterns and paper banners.
Chinese families usually have a feast on the eve of Lunar New Year and gather until late at night. On the next morning, people wear their best clothes and greet each other a happy new year. Children also greet the older people a happy new year and wish for their happiness, wealth, and health while the adults give them certain amount of money inside red envelopes.
Many streets, temples, and shopping centers are garnished with small lamps as well as red lanterns. Traditional Chinese arts such as Lion Dance and Dragon Dance are performed, and fireworks as well as firecrackers are set off everywhere. During the celebration of Lunar New Year, many people visit the temples and pray for the deceased ancestors and family members.
Happy Lunar New Year 2014 !
Happy Chinese New Year 2014 !
Gong Xi Fat Cai !