While most people in the U.S. have heard of the Chinese New Year, the more accurate terminology is the Lunar New Year, and it is a holiday that is mainly observed by non-Chinese Asian countries. Based on the cycles of the moon, the Lunar New Year begins on the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar and ends on the next full moon, fifteen days later. The calendar’s months have 30 days in odd-numbered months (Jan., Mar., May) and 29 days in even-numbered months (Feb., Apr., June). It is common for people in Asian countries to celebrate their birthdays accordingly to the lunar calendar. The holiday traditions depend on the culture and country, but one commonality is the reunion of immediate and extended family. Falling on this past Saturday, January 25th, this Lunar New Year is the Year of the Rat.
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