Lunar New Year 2023

"Happy Lunar New Year| Year of the Rabbit" Red background with flowers and image of a rabbit in between text in foreground

Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, is a celebration first recorded 3500 years ago in China during the Shang Dynasty. The Lunar New Year begins with the new moon between January 21 and February 20, according to Western calendars, and ends with the following full moon. The Lunar New Year originates from the folklore of a creature named Nian, a lion-like creature with a name that means “New Year.” According to the lore, Nian would come up from the sea yearly to devour people and livestock. One man realized that Nian, although a large creature, feared sounds and the color red. For this reason, fireworks became a titular part of the holiday as they were meant to scare away Nian. In recent years, fireworks, the color red, and lion dances are all a part of the Lunar New Year celebrations in honor of the original legend.

If you’re interested in learning more about the traditions and festivities surrounding the Lunar New Year, take a look at the following: