Happy Lunar New Year!
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- It’s the Year of the Rabbit, as the Lunar New Year began yesterday.
- Holiday traditions include fireworks, exchanging red envelopes and the Lion Dance, on top of family gatherings.
- At U-M, a celebration will be held on Jan. 28 at the Museum of Natural History.
The Lunar New Year began yesterday, as those who follow the lunar calendar ushered in the Year of the Rabbit.
The holiday – also known as the Spring Festival – is celebrated by an estimated 20 percent of the world’s population.
Here’s what you may not know about this year’s festivities.
Steeped in tradition
The Lunar New Year officially begins with the second new moon after the winter solstice and concludes with the next full moon 15 days later.
There are a number of traditions that accompany the Lunar New Year, including fireworks. In fact, more fireworks are set off during the Lunar New Year than any other holiday worldwide.
Other meaningful traditions include the exchanging of red envelopes containing money, eating “lucky” foods such as dumplings or fish and even watching the Lion Dance, a performance that is believed to chase away bad spirits for the year. Overall, this is a time for renewal and represents an opportunity for those celebrating to usher in the new year with good luck, good health and good quality time with loved ones.
The Year of the Rabbit
Each year on the lunar calendar corresponds with one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac: The tiger, ox, rat, pig, dog, rooster, monkey, goat, horse, snake, dragon or rabbit.
2023 is the Year of the Rabbit – and it’s a year predicted to be a year of hope, as the rabbit is a sign of longevity, peace and prosperity.
If you were born in the Year of the Rabbit, you are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded and ingenious. You also have the lucky numbers of 3, 6 and 9 and lucky colors of black, pink, purple, blue, gray, red, brown, yellow and white.
Recent Years of the Rabbit include: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951 and 1939.
Celebrating at Michigan Medicine
From 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, an in-person event will be hosted by the Michigan Medicine AAPI Resource Group and Apida Staff Association to celebrate the Lunar New Year!
It will take place at the Planetarium and Dome Theater at the U-M Museum of Natural History.
There will be a special live show about the Chinese lunisolar calendar and lunch at Lan City Noodle Bar (on South University). Feel free to bring your family and friends!