When Is Lunar New Year 2023?Much of the world celebrates the new year on January 1, but the Lunar New Year does not match the traditional calendar year. Instead, this event celebrated by millions of people around the world kicks off at the beginning of a calendar year based on the cycles of the moon — hence the name "lunar" new year. Because it's based on the moon, the actual date of the Lunar New Year varies from year to year. This year the Lunar New Year will be celebrated on Sunday, January 22, 2023.
What Animal is the New Year 2023?This topic is always a hit with young students! Each year is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, marks the transition from one animal to the next. That means Lunar New Year in 2023 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit. Other animals of the zodiac include:
Lunar New Year vs. Chinese New YearYour students may tell you that they have heard this holiday referred to as Chinese New Year. No, they didn't mishear! Chinese Australians and people from China celebrate this holiday annually with a special festival, which is why it's often called Chinese New Year. However, this isn't a holiday that's singular to China. Many people from around East Asia also mark the start of a new year at this time, including people of Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Here are some other names for the holiday that you may want to share with your students:
- Chinese Chunjie
- Vietnamese Tet
- Korean Solnal