Today (11 February) is Chinese New Years Eve, and people are saying goodbye to the year of the rat and finishing the year of the ox on December 12th February (Friday) to welcome the new year, the second beast in the zodiac rings in with the second new moon after the winter solstice

Chinese New Year, also known as the New Year Festival or Spring Festival, lasts 16 days, from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival, the dates change every year as the festival is based on the Chinese lunar calendar and the festival is also held in several countries and other areas of Asia celebrated, including in South Korea and Singapore

The lunar calendar is also associated with 12 zodiac signs in the Chinese zodiac, so every 12 years a cycle is considered 2021 is a year of the ox, while 2022 will be a year of the tiger The other animals are rat, dragon, snake, horse, Rabbit, sheep, rooster, monkey, dog and pig

The first day of the Xin Chou year, or the year of metal holes in the sexagenic cycle of the lunar new year, begins on December 12th February According to Hong Kong-based Feng Shui master Thierry Chow, the ox is a hardworking zodiac sign that means movement

“Hopefully the world is less static than last year and is moving again in the second half of the year,” she said, as quoted by CNN

Chinese people around the world ring in the New Year with pomp and joy.It is usually celebrated for two full weeks.The menu has been carefully selected to include good luck dishes like fish, pudding, and foods that look like gold bars ( like dumplings) During this time, government offices, schools, universities, and many businesses will remain closed, giving people plenty of time to celebrate the festival with their families

Houses are cleaned and decorated with decorations and garlands. During the festivities, drums and beating gongs, dragon and lion dances are organized. The day usually ends with the Lantern Festival

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