week marks the start of Lunar New Year! The festival, also known as Spring Festival and Chinese New Year, always begins in accordance with the start of a new moon on the Chinese calendar. Rather than following the Gregorian calendar, which heralds in a brand new year every January 1st, the Chinese calendar follows the phases of the moon, where the emergence of a new full moon symbolises the start of the year instead, which usually falls between January 21st and February 20th every year. In addition to China, it is also celebrated across many parts of Asia and South-East Asian, in countries such as Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Tibet, Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Each new year also co-coincides with that of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, where 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. Chinese tradition believes each animal's unique personality is attributed to the people born within their corresponding year, and so anyone born this year will be attributed to the personality of a tiger– brave, confident, and expected to face each challenge with resilience and willpower.
Lunar New Year is traditionally a time to feast with family members, as well as honouring ancestors and deities. The celebrations usually last for around two weeks in total, from the New Year’s eve to the Lantern festival, which is held on the 15th day. Although variations are different across the country, the theme is the same: seeing out the old year and wishing luck and prosperity for the new year ahead. Lunar New Year is celebrated by greeting people with the phrase '