The Lunar New Year will begin on Sunday, and communities all across the world will welcome in the Year of the Rabbit.
In accordance with the lunisolar calendar, the Lunar New Year marks the start of spring and a fresh calendar year. The Smithsonian views it China’s most important event, and it is revered in many nations, including South Korea and Vietnam.
On February 5, 2023, a Lantern Festival will bring the 14-day Lunar New Year celebration to a close.
How is the Lunar New Year celebrated?
Commonly known as the Spring Festival in China, Lunar New Year is a fifteen-day celebration marked by many traditions. At home, families cover doors with couplets wishing the new year good fortune and decorate windows with crimson paper cuts. Shopping for holiday sundries in open-air markets and cleaning the house are also beloved traditions.
The reunion lunch on Eve is the festival’s pinnacle, a feast with a variety of symbolic delicacies that bring luck and fortune, such as a whole fish symbolising abundance.
The Lantern Festival
which occurs on the fifteenth and last day of the holiday, is when people eat tangyuan, or sweet glutinous rice balls, and kids carry lanterns through the neighbourhood at night to signal the conclusion of the celebrations.
people in South Korea celebrate with rice cake soup, traditional attire, and white envelopes, the opposite of the red envelope.
Why is Vietnam celebrating the Year of the Cat?
The Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac is 2023. But in Vietnam, people are getting ready to honour the cat.
one explanation has to do with the linguistics behind the naming of each of the years of the zodiac. reports: “Months are set using the orbits of the moon and the Earth, with leap months added every few years to stay in sync with the solar cycle.Each of the 12 earthly branches of the calendar, each representing an animal of the zodiac, and the 10 heavenly stems are combined to give each year its name.
This year’s earthly branch is referred to as Mao, which is pronounced similarly to the word “cat” in Vietnamese. Therefore, for Vietnamese households, this is the Year of the Cat.
In the Chinese zodiac, 2023 is the year of the rabbit. The cat replaces the rabbit in the Vietnamese and Gurung zodiacs. The mousedeer replaces the rabbit in the Malay zodiac.. We also acknowledge that many Asian American and Pacific Islanders do not follow the Chinese/Lunar zodiac.
The celebration is ultimately about remembering loved ones, welcoming spring, and the start of a hopefully prosperous new year.