February 8 marks the start of the Chinese New Year, and the date coincides with the first new moon of the year. Celebrations include spending time with family, fireworks and feasts and can last for up to two weeks – until the first full moon of the new year.
In Chinese culture, each year is named for an animal, and each animal has certain traits. People born in a particular year are believed to share those traits. There are twelve animals in the cycle, and 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. Check out this site to see the animal that corresponds to your birth year.
Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto introduces readers to the traditions, history and celebrations surrounding the Chinese New Year.