Lunar New Year

Sydney Moriarty, Junior Editor-in-Chief

Gong hei fat choy!

January 22nd is the start of the celebration of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, which is a seven-day long holiday. The Lunar New Year is a celebration of the new year, but instead of starting on January 1st, its date changes according to the lunar calendar. This year, 2023, is the year of the rabbit. The different years are named after twelve different animals; the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. This means that every twelve years, the year of the animal is the same.

Besides the excitement of the celebration, one thing that children also get excited about on this day is getting the beloved red envelope. People get so excited about these because inside the envelope is an amount of money which increases as the child gets older. 

One of my favorite parts of celebrating the Lunar New Year is the candy dish. These candy dishes are big plates with different compartments able to hold all sorts of different sweets. Common treats on these dishes include oranges, all sorts of different types of candied fruits, and more!

Like many other holidays, the Lunar New Year has a well-known color palette. These colors include red and gold to symbolize good fortune, happiness, and wealth to come in the new year.