The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival (as it’s been known since the 20th Century) began on February 19. This 15-day holiday has been an important celebration in China for centuries. This year, it is the year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat (all use the same Chinese character).
As you hungrily waited for your soup and egg rolls at your favorite Chinese restaurant, you may have mused over a paper placemat depicting the animals of the Chinese zodiac...does the Rabbit really describe my personality?
If you wonder what the Year of the Sheep means for the world, and your particular birth animal, take a look at this year’s forecast: The Year of the Sheep.
We found a great short video that sums up the history and traditions of Chinese New Year on the History Channel website. Though the festival has changed through the centuries, especially since the Chinese adopted the Western calendar, the celebration has expanded worldwide. You know us humans…we always embrace a reason to party down!