• Jasmine

Chinese New Year 2021

Happy 2021 if you use the lunar calendar!

I am 10 days late posting about this, as Chinese New Year was on February 12th, but welcome the year of the ox!

What does this mean? Here is the tale of the ox:

"The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order (of the animals) would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal" (Ho & Chiao).

Funny thing is that my parents never educated me the behind story of the animals and why we use the lunar calendar. I figured this stuff out through my aunt and personal research years ago. Here are some more fun facts:

- Besides Chinese culture, the lunar calendar system is also widely used in Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, and other Asian countries

- The Chinese lunar calendar has a leap month every three years

- Chinese month begins with new moon on day 15. As a new moon comes roughly every 29½ days, Chinese lunar calendar month always have 29 or 30 days. That’s why the dates on the lunar calendar change every year, making it difficult to keep up with.

- The lunar calendar served the purpose of guiding agricultural and farming activities

(thanks to the info from this website)

Typically my family would drive to my mother's side of the family in New York, where all the extended family would hold a celebration at a restaurant.

But this year we only celebrated with my immediate family on my dad's side. We had a small family styled fest at my grandmas and we had this yummy food for the "kids".

Catching up with my cousins was refreshing and of course receiving red envelopes was awesome :)

Let's celebrate the start of a new year!