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Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. The spring festival marks the beginning of the festivities which takes place over fifteen days and which ends with the lantern festival.

The Chinese New Year is in a cycle of 12 years, each is associated with an animal that is determined according to the moon. According to the Chinese legend, Buddha rewards the 12 land animals that presented themselves to him before the end of his existence, hence the rat, the buffalo, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the boar.

Each new year is also symbolized by one of the 5 elements: Water, Fire, Metal, Wood and Earth.

According to Chinese astrology, 2022 will be placed under the sign of the Water Tiger, an animal that symbolizes independence and courage.


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