The Celebration of New Year across Asia

New Year in Australia is the time at which a new calendar year begins.  Most countries celebrate on Jan 1 in some form.  Here are a few different New Year dates across Asia.

The Korean New Year is a Seollal or Lunar New Years Day. Although Jan 1st is the first day of the year, Seollal, the first day of the Lunar calendar is more meaningful to Koreans.    A celebration of the Lunar New Year is believed to have started  to let in good luck and ward off bad spirits all throughout the year.  Families gather at home, sit around and catch up the previous year.

The Chinese New Year, the Lunar New Year occurs every year on the new moon of the first Lunar Month, about the beginning of spring (Lichun)  The date varies and can fall any time between January 21 and Feb 21 (inclusive).

The Vietnamese New Year is Tet Nguyen Dan which is mostly the same day as Chinese New Year because it is celebrated using a Lunar Calendar similar to the Chinese.

The Tibet New Year is Losar and falls between January and March.

Traditionally, it is a time for making resolutions or goals to improve one’s lives.  Common resolutions are  diet related, exercise and personal wellness, starting with a clean slate on the road to improving ones life.

There is typically champagne, feasting, confetti, fireworks and concerts.

2019 is the Year of the Pig.  In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.  Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.

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