Lunar New Year follows a lunisolar calendar. A lunar year lasts approximately 354 days, as opposed to a solar year which is the 365 days most of us are used to seeing. Lunar New Year as a holiday celebrates the first new moon in the lunar calendar. While it isn’t as commonly celebrated in western countries, it’s a prominent holiday in many east-Asian countries.
New Year 2021 is the Year of the Ox! In the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox symbolizes hard work, positivity, and a fertile harvest; along with a more slow and steady pace to the year. 2020 was the Year of the Rat, which is believed to symbolize constant change.
Whether you celebrate or today is just a Friday for you, I wish you a year full of prosperity and happiness!