Lunar New Year: Celebrating the Year of the Rat

Happy New Year!

Lunar New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese Calendar. In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, 25 January. 2020 is the year of the Rat. In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth and surplus, and because of their reproduction rate, people often pray to them for children.

Lunar New Year is associated with many customs, and is a time for families to get together and celebrate. It is traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to clear away any bad energy and make way for the good fortune the new year will bring. Traditionally, red envelopes filled with money are handed out by the elder people in the family to younger members of the family. The amount of money in the envelope must always be even, as odd number are associated with money given as funeral gifts. In an attempt to drive away evil spirits, fireworks are lit to create loud noises which said to scare the spirits and banish them.

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