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“Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.”
Feature Story | Celebrating Chinese New Year! (4:30)
What is the animal for the Chinese New Year 2019?
This year marks the Year of the Pig, which is the 12th of all zodiac animals.
Your own zodiac year is considered your unluckiest year. In Chinese culture, embracing red is considered a weapon of defense against misfortune. Chinese families tend to fill their houses with red decorations.
The Western calendar, formally known as the Gregorian calendar, is a solar calendar. It counts the time it takes for the Earth to go around the Sun once a year. Each month has the same number of days every year, except during leap years.
The Chinese lunar calendar is, despite its name, a lunisolar calendar. It counts the length of time it takes for the moon to go around the Earth as a month, while still counting the time it takes for the Earth to go around the Sun as one year. The outcome is the Chinese lunar calendar having a variable amount of days every year, sometimes even including an extra month!
So now you understand why traditional Chinese holidays like Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, and, of course, Moon Festival seem to fall on different days every year on the Western calendar.
A great show to see on traditional Chinese culture is called Shen Yun through music and dance!