Did you hear fireworks go off last Tuesday? On Tuesday, February 5th, many around the world celebrated Lunar New Years Day.
Some may know this holiday as Chinese New Year, but several countries celebrate including Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, the Philippines, and many more, so this time of celebration is called Lunar New Years based on the beginning of the year as determined by moon phases instead of the Gregorian calendar the United States follows. The holiday is celebrated from late January to mid-February. Here is a short clip with more information.
Lunar New Years is a very important time of celebration for many cultures. Each year is given one of twelve animal signs. The year 2018 was the Year of the Dog, and this year is the Year of the Pig (more info in the video above). The largest celebration of Lunar New Year in the area is the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival in Atlanta that was held this weekend on February 9th and 10th.
CHS English teacher, Ms. Teasley (Ms. T), and her family have been going to the event for two years. Thousands gather for this two-day festival. The famous lion and dragon dances replicated all around the world during this festival is one of the highlights of the event, along with food and drinks representing a number of countries, artists, spectacular performances, venders, and other local organizations representing their work.
This is clip of her trip in 2018.
If you would like to experience new cultures and learn more about the celebration, keep an eye out for this event starting next January!