Chinese New Year V. American New Year

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For those who know, in the U.S we celebrate a New Year on January 1st. But in China, the date changes every year falling from between January 21st and February 20th. Have you ever wondered why? In this article, I will talk about the reasons behind the differences of the New Years.

The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar.  A lunar calendar is a calendar that is based on cycles of the lunar phases and on the revolution of the Earth around the sun. It is used mainly for religious purposes. But, the American New Year is based on solar calendar. The solar calendar is based on the cycles of Earth’s position around the sun. So, that’s where the difference in dates comes from.

In China, the new year is celebrated for a whole 16 days of festivities. On the last day, there is the lantern festival. Chinese traditionally celebrate big, about ⅕ of the world’s population celebrates it. They even have the world’s biggest usage of fireworks.  Preparations start as early as 7 days before New Years Eve. 2018 will be the year of the dog, every Chinese New Year starts a new animal zodiac year There will be plenty of dog decorations for the year of 2018.  The Chinese New Year comes with a lot of taboos, they say not to do things like, cry, wash your clothes or hair, borrow money, kill, or eat meat etc. Most of these taboos are followed among the modern populations in larger cities and the younger generation.

In The Americas traditionally, the new year is celebrated the night of December 31st at ten seconds before midnight, people count down. After. People hug and kiss, and wish each other “Happy New Year”.

Even though the two customs are different, most of people have the same morals. With a new year, people can expect a new beginning. We wish each other good luck and hope for a better year than the last.