Happy Lunar New Year!

In this week's special edition, we are celebrating the Lunar New Year which is also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival. Here are some rarely-known facts about this holiday!

1. Lunar New Year is the beginning of the Chinese calendar. The traditional Chinese calendar identifies dates according to astronomical phenomena. Therefore, there isn't any set date for this specific holiday.

2. Twenty percent of the world's population celebrates Chinese New Year, mostly in East and Southeast Asian countries.

3. Because of the Chinese New Year celebration, a huge migration happens all around the world. Those who are far away from their families wish to return home.

4. People pray to Gods for a rich harvest season, and more interestingly, they pray to fight off monsters like Nian. (Nian was a dangerous monster that came every New Year until a brave boy battled against it using firecrackers.)

5. In order not to lose good luck, it is forbidden to throw out garbages that day.

6. You must eat dumplings which is a traditional food. A dough is wrapped around a filling including various vegetables, meat or fish.

7. Every year has a zodiac sign. For example, as it is 2022, we will be entering the year of the tiger. According to chinesenewyear.net, people born in the year of the tiger will be courageous. They love a good challenge and adventure in life.

8. Lunar New Year celebration means fireworks! For the record, the highest number of fireworks are known to be set off that night.


Melis Ata