Lunar New Year

Luis Larios

It’s a new year which means a new beginning, to improve- but also the year of the rabbit. The rabbit represents peace, longevity, and prosperity- specifically, the water rabbit. Water rabbits had financial hardships during youth, but are able to turn unfortunate events around. During the elderly years, money must be spent to preserve longevity.

Chinese new year starts on January 22 and ends on February 5, the whole event takes around 16 days, and within those 16 days are 3 main events- those being little year, spring festival, and lantern festival. Little New Year starts on the 14th of January, that being preparations for the spring festival.

Spring festival’s activities are cooking, cleaning, fireworks, exchanging gifts, meeting family and friends, etc… It started on the 22nd of January and ends 1st of February, great way to start the celebration before the Lantern festival right after the spring festival ends.

The lantern festival starts 2nd of February and ends on the 5th of February,  it’s shorter than the other events- only 4 days and that pretty much marks the end of the Chinese new year celebration. But it is one of the biggest parts of the festival- full of dancing dragons and lions and setting off fireworks and eating sweets. On the last day of the festival on the 5th of February- that’s where you light up your lanterns and then let them go off. To represent letting go of your past self and gaining a new self a new year is a new beginning…