Chinese New Year 2021 begins on Friday February 12, and you can say 'Gong Xi Fa Cai' meaning "Have a prosperous new year".
It is celebrated widely by Asian communities all over the world, including Australia. Lunar New Year is the celebration of the beginning of spring (in the northern hemisphere) as well as the New Year.
The spring festival festivities for the new year takes 15 days in most countries, and is often celebrated with dragon dances, lion dances, gift exchanging and fireworks.
The Chinese festival marking the start of the new year, begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ends typically with lantern festivals. It is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving.
No matter what the country, religion or race, New Year's Day is a time for family reunions, and reflection and for reaffirming bonds.
Lunar New Year in 2021 will herald the Year of the Metal Ox, the twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac cycle.
While the ox has a few minuses on the communication side, indeed they are stubborn and stick to their own ideas, they do have the admirable characteristics of being honest, diligent, dependable, and determined.
People born in the year of the ox generally have the ox characteristics. They are believed to have great patience and a desire to make progress, and achieve their goals by consistent effort.
They are not much influenced by others or the environment, but persist in doing things according to their own ideas and capabilities.
Before taking any action, Oxes will have a definite plan with detailed steps, to which they apply their strong faith and physical strength.
As a result, people of the Ox zodiac sign often enjoy great success.
In China, where the holiday is also called Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year is an important public holiday for many countries.
This includes China, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan, where Chinese communities celebrate in the city's 'Chinatown' districts.
Date: Friday February 12, 2021
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