CHINESE NEW YEAR 2020: YEAR OF THE RAT|LUNAR NEW YEAR

Mark Wood Jan 25, 2020

Chinese New Year festival begins on 25 January. The new lunar year will start on 25 January 2020. It is the beginning of the new lunar calendar, and in the Chinese zodiac cycle, it is called the year of the rat. As it is beginning, so get ready to see many people wearing a lot of red and fireworks.  

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Millions of people celebrate this annual festival. It has many other names like Spring festival, Chinese New Year, Seollal, and Tet Nguyen Dan. The Lunar New Year is one of the most well-known festivals for many people living in Asia. 

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese new year is based on the moon and not on the sun that most people around the world use. So, the date changes. The solar calendar’s months have 30 or 31 days except for February, which has 28 or 29 days, but in lunar calendar’s months have 29 days in even-numbered months like February, April, and 30 days in odd-numbered months like January, March.

The solar calendar consists of 365 days, and the lunar calendar consists of 354 days. The lunar calendar is 11 days shorter than the solar calendar, so the date changes. This year, it is Saturday, 25 January.

How is Chinese New Year celebrated?

Chinese new year is one of the most important for Chinese. People usually wear red and decorate their houses with red. Elder give red envelopes full of money to younger. It is a traditional way to send good luck and money to the receiver. Everyone cleans his house and decorate with red banners. Enjoy a meal together. Usually, in this period, people spend a lot of time with family and friends.

 Koreans call this festival Seollal, and in Vietnam, people call this festival Tet Nguyen Dan.

CHINESE NEW YEAR

2020 is the year of the rat. What does the rat represent?

Vickie Lee, the author of the children’s book, explains the rat as being innovative, very smart, and hard-working. They love to collect and organize things.

Why you should not wash your hair

You can clean yourself and your house and can wash and cut your hair as well. But you should do all these things before the new year. On that day or after that day, you should not. According to Chinese superstition, you would take away the good luck that you are going to use all year. 

Cleaning your houses before the new year considers good luck because, according to Chinese, it would throw away all the bad luck and make the house ready to accept good luck. On that day or after that day, you should not clean your houses because accidentally, you can throw good luck away. 

Animal sign in the Chinese zodiac

According to the Chinese zodiac, this year 2020 is the Year of the Rat. The Chinese zodiac cycle contains twelve animals. Rat is the first year, which represents smart, charming, imaginative, and grouchy.
The second one is the ox, which represents determination, generous, patient, and gloomy.
The third one is a tiger, which represents lucky, daring, selfish, and cocky.
The fourth one is the rabbit, which represents smart, kind, and crazy.
The fifth one is the dragon, which represents successful, exciting, and demanding and warn-hearted.
The sixth one is the snake, which represents curios, wise, jealous, and greedy.
The seventh one is the horse, which represents generous, impatient, and heraic.
The eighth one is the goat, which represents creative, irresponsible, worrisome, and easygoing.
The ninth one is the monkey, which represents funny, social, lively, devilish, and phony.
The tenth one is the rooster, which represents brave, entertaining, kind-hearted, and pushy.
The eleventh one is the dog, which playful, giving, fearless, negative and unsatisfied.
The last one is the pig, which represents loving, satisfied, fearful, and direct.

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