How to Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Philly

Posted by The Philadelphia Inquirer on February 8, 2022

Lunar New Year is celebrated across cultures, including Vietnamese, Korean, Tibetan, and Mongolian, and is arguably the most important holiday for Chinese families like mine — think Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all rolled into one.

Festivities typically span roughly 15 days, beginning on the evening of the new moon and ending on the full moon — this year, the Lunar New Year began on Feb. 1.

In Chinese culture, each year is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, so if you see an increased representation of tigers in Chinese New Year decorations, it’s because this is the Year of the Tiger. Those who are born in past Years of the Tiger — 2010, 1998, 1986, and so on — traditionally wear something red year-round to ward off bad luck.

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