This coming Thursday marks the Lunar New Year, the kickoff day for Chinese New Year celebrations. But did you know that Chinese astrologers recognize two different new years based on two different calendars? That the Lunar New Year festival is 15 days long? Click through these links for more on the meaning behind the traditions (and what the Year of the Sheep might mean for you).
All About That Date
While some consider February 4 the start of the new year for astrological purposes, the Lunar New Year changes each year. This article explains the nature of the lunar calendar and how It’s used to calculate the date of each year’s festival.
Though in the Western world it only gets one day of press, the Lunar New Year festival is a two-week event full of rich holiday traditions. In this piece you can learn about traditional food, decorations, events, and symbols of the new year?you might just decide to wear a little red for luck, too!
The Year Ahead
2015 is the Year of the Goat (or Sheep); according to Chinese astrology, this year will bring different fortunes to the 12 zodiac signs. Discover your Chinese zodiac sign using this calculator http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/, and then find out what’s in store for you in 2015.