China celebrates the Year of the OxFebruary 2021
“Kung hei fat choi” is the traditional greeting used to celebrate the Chinese New Year, aka Lunar New Year.
Each new year is marked by the characteristics of an animal from the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. In 2021 the Year of the Ox begins on Feb. 12.
The new year is part of one week of festivities now called Spring Festival, China’s most important holiday. Celebrations are followed by the Lantern Festival which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month.
For years Spring Festival has been a family holiday, kind of like Thanksgiving in the US. Still, attitudes are changing. Instead of visiting relatives younger people are increasingly choosing to hang out with friends, relax or do other stuff on their own, writes History.