Celebrate a second New Year in January! | E-Neighborhood Advisor
This year, Saturday, January 25 marks the Chinese New Year. Celebrated by more than 20 percent of the world’s population, Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over the world. The holiday launches the spring festival, a time for saying good bye to cold weather and for welcoming the promise and rebirth of spring. There are celebrations with special foods and traditional decorations, and children are given “red pockets” for luck -- small, red envelopes filled with money.
Every Chinese New Year, a new zodiac animal is celebrated. Zodiac signs play an integral part in Chinese culture, and can be used to determine if you will be successful, find love, have a baby and so much more. 2020 begins the year of the rat. If you were born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 or 2020, you are a rat. Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.
Not a rat? You can determine your Chinese zodiac and see its characteristics here:
More fireworks are set off on Chinese New Year than on any other day of the year, including the Fourth of July. According to Chinese legend, a monster named Nian would terrorize villages every New Year’s Eve. Most people would hide, but one brave boy drove him away using firecrackers. The next day, people celebrated their survival by setting off even more firecrackers. And that practice became a crucial part of the Spring Festival.