Five interesting facts about the 2022 Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a celebration that begins with the second new moon of the year.
As of Tuesday, Feb. 1, the year of the Ox comes to an end and the Chinese New Year begins with the Tiger.
The Chinese New Year is always celebrated on the second New Moon of the year, after the Winter solstice, which is why the year does not always begin and end on the same date, unlike on the Gregorian calendar.
These are some fun facts about the celebration.
Party for a week
Countries celebrating the Lunar New Year usually have between three to seven days of festivities, but the celebrations do not end until the 15th day of the first lunar month, also known as the Lantern Festival.
During this first week, people visit family and friends, except for the third day of the month. The third day of the Lunar New Year (Feb. 3 this year) is called "chi kou," or "red mouth." It is believed arguments are more likely to occur on this day.
Do not cut your hair
Chinese superstitions say to not wash or cut your hair on the first day of the new year.
This is because the Chinese character for hair is the first of the word prosperity. Therefore, washing or cutting it is seen as washing away fortune.
The Year of the Tiger
Each year is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. This is the Year of the Tiger.
It is said that children born in this year will be brave, competitive and strong.
Red for good luck
During the Chinese New Year celebration, people decorate their houses with red things for good luck and children receive money in bright red envelopes.
The use of this color is due to a legend that says that a monster called "Nian" ("Year") attacked villages at the beginning of each year. It was afraid of loud noises, bright lights and the color red, so people began to use these things to scare the beast away.
Chinese New Year for Latinos
In Latin America, cities such as Buenos Aires, Havana and Mexico City also have their own activities and celebrations to mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year such as parades, meetings or banquets with lots of food.