What is Lunar New Year? Where the people who were celebrating were fired indiscriminately, 10 people died

Lunar New Year 2023: Crores of people around the world are celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year or the year of the Rabbit. People of the Chinese community in California, USA, were celebrating the ‘Lunar New Year’ in Monterey Park. Meanwhile, firing took place here and 10 people died, many people were injured in the attack. President Joe Biden has ordered American flags lowered in tribute to the victims of the California shooting.

After all, what is the Lunar New Year celebrated in China, which is strongly welcomed by the Chinese people. Let’s know about Lunar New Year…

Lunar New Year is celebrated with pomp as a festival in China, during which there is a week-long public holiday in China. Apart from China, this festival is also celebrated by people of Chinese origin living in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, as well as Vietnamese and Koreans. 

What is Lunar New Year? 
In China, the Lunar New Year is associated with the Moon. It is completely based on the cycles of the moon and is celebrated on a different day every year as the cycles of the moon keep changing. It is usually celebrated between late January and February. 

15-day celebration
This year, the Lunar New Year celebration began on 22 January. During this, a 15-day festival is celebrated in China, which is also known as the Spring Festival. This is the most important holiday of the year. The festival is celebrated in Taiwan, Mongolia, Vietnam, and several countries in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. There are also celebrations for the New Year in Cambodia, but the government there does not give an official holiday on this day.

Government offices closed for seven days 
Businesses and government offices in China are closed for seven days during the Lunar New Year. The cities of the country remain much calmer than on other normal days. In China, this festival is known as Lunar New Year. At the same time, it is called ‘Tet’ in Vietnam, ‘Seoulal’ in South Korea and ‘Imlek’ in Indonesia. Vietnam has its own zodiac calendar, which includes the cat, so the arrival of the cat is celebrated here. New Year’s celebrations usually end with the Lantern Festival.

Why the Year of the Rabbit?
Actually, the Chinese zodiac is made up of 12 animals. It starts from rat, goes to ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. In this, the dragon is seen as the most auspicious sign. This zodiac sign is considered important for understanding the health, wealth and love life of the people. The Year of the Rabbit began on Sunday and will end on 9 February 2024.

The Chinese believe that a child born in the Year of the Rabbit is calm and thoughtful. Every animal of this zodiac has a fleet of lucky colors, numbers and directions. But every person’s years and life are influenced by the ‘five elements’, which include wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  

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