Happy Chinese New Year!

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Chinese New Year, also referred to as Lunar New Year, is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. It marks new beginnings and fresh hope. In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, January 25th, initiating the Year of the White Metal Rat. Ruled by the color white, the color of focus, 2020 will place a strong emphasis on efficiency, structure, and order. The more precise a person's efforts, the greater success they will attain. The Rat is the beginning of the 12-year Chinese animal cycle and a new cycle for us all, a prosperous one at that, as long as we put in the effort.

Chinese New Year is a major holiday in China and Taiwan. If you have ever wondered why it falls on a different day each year it is because it begins on the new moon that appears between January 21 to February 20th. It is tradition to clean your home for New Years, this symbolizes sweeping away any ill-fortune or regrets in life and allowing new, fresh Chi (energy) to enter your home. The color red is used to decorate homes and shops as it is China's national color that represents happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success, and good fortune. It is customary for people and businesses to do gift exchanges, giving gifts of gratitude, often the gifts are money in red envelopes. On the eve of Chinese New Year families will unite for a big meal called the reunion dinner where thankfulness is expressed -- very similar to the US’s Thanksgiving holiday.

If you are looking to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020, Year of the Rat, you can google Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year as San Diego has multiple celebrations around the county. Below are some links to some of the celebrations around town:

2020 San Diego TET FESTIVAL

Chinese New Year Festival - House of China

San Diego Chinese New Year Fair