What is Lunar New Year?
The Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year or Spring Festival) is a celebration of the new Lunar Year based on the ancient Lunisolar calendar from China. China originated the celebration, so it’s often simply referred to as Chinese New Year, but many Asian countries follow the same celebration—namely: Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, India, Philippines and more.
Each country has its own celebratory style and traditions, but all follow the same date which falls between January 21 – February 20. This year, Lunar New Year will fall on January 22 and will be the year of the rabbit!
The year of the rabbit
The lunar zodiac is split into 12 animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. 2023 is the year of the rabbit. Those born in the year of the rabbit are said to acquire confidence, good reasoning skills, kindness, attention to detail, make great scholars and are good socialisers. Find out what Chinese Animal you are from the year you were born.