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2020 Lunar New Year

25 January 2020

It’s Lunar New Year: Happy Year of the Rat!

Did you know Saturday 25 January 2020 is the start of the Lunar New Year? It’s the first day of the traditional lunar calendar, a calendar determined by the position of the moon. It’s also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, and has been celebrated for centuries around the world by millions of people of Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and other asian heritages.

This year is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac – every year is assigned one of twelve animals. The Rat is the first sign of the zodiac. According to folklore, the order of the zodiac was determined by the order in which the animals arrived at the Jade Emperor’s party. The Rat, known for its wisdom (but also its deviousness) was first across the finish line after hitching a ride and ultimately tricking The Ox!

Rats are said to be highly intelligent, ambitious and quick-witted, with charming and social personalities. You can find out which animal you are here.

Traditionally the festival was an opportunity to honour deities and ancestors, but today, Lunar New Year is all about spending time with friends and family, giving gifts and good wishes, and feasting on symbolic foods. 

How to celebrate Lunar New Year

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