The Lunar New Year, falling on February 10 in 2024, initiates a 15-day Spring Festival celebration, with millions worldwide participating in one of the year's major festivals.
The Chinese zodiac follows a 12-year cycle, with each year associated with a specific animal. 2024 welcomes the Year of the Dragon,
Believers associate luck with the positions of Tai Sui, stellar deities rotating parallel to Jupiter. Interpretations of the year's
significance for each zodiac sign are based on the stars' positions
Wearing red, hanging red banners, and lighting firecrackers trace back to the legend of Nian, a ferocious beast scared away by thes
e practices during Lunar New Year.
Lunar New Year preparations include making festive cakes and puddings, cleaning homes on specific days, and hanging red banners wit
h auspicious phrases to ward off negativity and invite good fortune.
Families traditionally gather for a reunion dinner on February 9, featuring dishes symbolizing luck, prosperity, and advancement.
The first days involve family visits, exchanging gifts, and giving out red packets (hongbao/lai see) containing money to protect re
cipients from evil spirits.
The 15th day, February 24 in 2024, marks the Lantern Festival, celebrating the first full moon of the year.
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