Chinese New Year

The most important of the Chinese holidays is the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival. The celebrations, which traditionally last for 16 days, started on January 31st and continued until February 15th, 2022.

We have been exploring some of the fascinating traditions surrounding this important festival.

We found out that Chinese New Year isn’t on the same day every year.

It’s usually in late January or February.

The date is worked out by the ‘New Moon.’

This is when there is a new lunar cycle and the first phase of the moon (Crescent moon) is visible.

The Chinese calendar goes in a cycle of 12 years.

Each year is symbolised by a different animal.

2022 is the year of the Tiger!

It is believed that if you are born in a particular year, then you will have some of the characteristics of that animal.