Today marks the first day of Chinese New Year, which is a 15-day celebration of exciting festivities for the Chinese culture.
Commonly called Lunar New Year , the actual date changes every year, but is always sometime in between late January and mid-February.
It is widely considered the most important holiday of the year to Chinese people and symbolizes a fresh start and kicks off on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ends on the full moon fifteen days later.
It goes without saying that millions of people around the world will be gathering with family and taking part in fireworks, delicious meals and more; and most businesses in China shut down during this festive time of year.
Growing up as a Chinese-American girl, this holiday was always one of my favorite occasions! I recall every New Year as a fun-filled day where I would wear red for good luck, receive red envelopes filled with money for prosperity and indulge in traditional Chinese food with family for days on end.
Now that I’m older, I’m expected to give money to my nephews and niece, so the tables have really turned!
This year, we celebrate the Year of the Dog, the eleventh sign in the Chinese zodiac.
Those born under this sign are seen as independent, sincere, loyal and decisive. They are characterized as people who aren’t afraid of difficulties in life and enjoy harmonious relationships with those around them.
Happy New Year!
xo Jenn Chan
DERMAFLASH Director of Brand PR