Happy New Year! Many people around the world have just had a holiday to celebrate the beginning of a new calendar year. The first of January is also a holiday in China and Taiwan, but not such a big deal as in the Western world.
Instead of January 1, the Lunar New Year is the big celebration in the Chinese world. It is a 15 day festival when families get together for feasting and new year activities such as lighting fireworks and decorating the house with red paper banners.
The date of the Lunar New Year is the new moon of the first lunar month. This year it falls on February 14, which is the beginning of the Year of the Tiger.
In preparation for the Lunar New Year, why not brush up your Mandarin new year greetings, and learn a bit about the traditions of the Lunar New Year.