Today is Chinese New Year. Until now I have never thought about it or celebrated it. I won’t begin to pretend I understand all the ins and out of the holiday, but what I do know is that there will be a lot of people celebrating for the next 15 days. And, though I don’t follow all the superstitions that come along with the holiday, I appreciate the celebration of newness and the cultural richness that surrounds the holiday.
The source of much of my Chinese New Year knowledge comes from wikipedia, who describes it this way…
Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February.
So welcome to the Year of the Monkey! Prayerfully, this will be the year we get to meet our littlest monkey.