The Chinese New Year will begin on Sunday, January 22, 2023. This holiday, widely celebrated in Asia, is of great value, both in terms of its meaning and the expectations it raises. For this new year of the traditional luni-solar calendar, the Rabbit is in the spotlight. And like China, it should continue to leap forward in 2023.
January 22, 2023 will mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival and more commonly known as the Chinese New Year. With festivities spanning several days, Chinese New Year will be widely celebrated around the world and in Asia. China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Korea are actively preparing for it. The color red, symbol of happiness and luck, will be used for costumes, decorations and gift wrapping. During this period, China will experience large internal and external migrations of the population, during large family gatherings.
The Year of the Water Rabbit
While most of the countries in the world have adopted the Gregorian calendar, in China the holidays are governed by the traditional lunisolar calendar. The date of the New Year is not fixed but varies every year according to the lunar phases. At each edition, a sign is honored, depending on the animals of the zodiac, namely the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig. This sign is associated with one of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. In 2023, the year of the Water Rabbit will begin.
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