Stylized character of goat (also a bell)
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing you much prosperity in the new year! Chinese New Year festivities will begin at Midnight tonight and continue for ~15 days, with some estimates telling that up to one-sixth of the world will be in celebration.
Chinese New Year (also called Spring Festival) is based on a lunar calendar and falls on the second new moon after winter solstice, somewhere typically between January 21 and February 19th (this year's date).
Traditions include fireworks and wearing red clothing (to scare away a mythical monster Nian), family reunions and handing out red envelopes with money for children. Here's a nice summary if you'd like to learn more.
Decorations at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas
Have you been to a Chinese New Year celebration? Tell us about it! My Wu-Wo group will be gathering this weekend to enjoy cups and cups of tea and a feast. Can't wait!