Lunar New Year – also referred to as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival – is one of the largest celebrations in the world. Celebrated by over 1.5 billion people, you’ll see red lanterns, red envelopes, dumplings, rice cakes, the lion dance, the dragon dance and more.
You know how the celebrations go down, but you might not realise the significance of the festival. There’s a reason why Metricon loves throwing a Lunar New Year event in Australia each year – it’s such a special celebration to share with our culturally diverse customer base and employees.
As we approach the Year of the Rat, it’s the perfect time to explore the Lunar New Year and gain a better understanding of what the event is all about. Here are some things you might not know about Lunar New Year.
Lunar New Year doesn’t have a set date
It’s not based on the Gregorian calendar - it’s based on the cycles of the moon’s phases which are known as the lunar calendar. Most of the time, the Lunar New Year falls between mid-January to mid-February, and you can predict it years in advance. This year, the start of the festival begins on January 25th. It ends 15 days later at the Lantern Festival.