Hundreds of millions of people are celebrating the Year of the Ox this Chinese New Year. The event – also known as the Spring Festival – has lots of traditions, greetings and superstitions.
Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Ox year!
Today marks the first day of the new Lunar Calendar and people around the world will be celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Ox.
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is traditionally a 15-day celebration, with most workers getting up to 12 days off to celebrate with their families.
New Year’s Day is considered the most important of the holiday. Traditionally people use this time to visit parents and grandparents to pay their respects.
Other traditions include abstaining from eating on New Year’s Day and avoiding cleaning or washing as it’s considered unlucky.
Here’s everything you need to know about Chinese New Year 2021:
The festival celebrates the first day of the Lunar calendar. The date changes each year as it is dependent on the new moon that appears between January 21 and February 20.
This year February 12 is the date for Chinese New Year and will kick off the Year of the Ox.
In the Chinese zodiac the names of the year rotate through animal names on a 12-year cycle.
The day before Chinese New Year is when families clean their homes to get rid of any potential ill fortune and prepare for a fresh start.
They then gather for an evening ‘reunion dinner’ where they will commemorate the year that has just passed.
This meal is considered the most important of the year, and is often compared to Thanksgiving in the USA.
Cosmos Architecture wants to congratulate the entire Chinese community and wish them our best wishes!