Lunar New Year 2024

Lunar New Year is the most important festival for many Asian cultures. It celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar, which is based on the cycles of the moon and sun. This year, it begins on February 10th and ends on February 24th.

The origins of Lunar New Year can be traced back over 3,000 years in China, but it is also celebrated in other East Asian Countries, and of course here in Canada.

There are many traditions tied to Lunar New Year, including:

  • Family celebrations on New Year’s eve and New Year’s day, sometimes including religious ceremonies honouring ancestors.
  • On New Year’s day and leading up to the lantern festival, family members (often children and seniors) receive red envelopes containing money. Those who receive a red envelope are wished another safe and peaceful year.
  • A lantern festival is celebrated on the last day of the New Year’s celebrations. Colourful lanterns are lit up, firecrackers and fireworks are set off, lion and dragon dances are performed, and traditional foods are served.

2024 is the Year of the Dragon

The dragon is the fifth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. It symbolizes power, nobleness, honour, luck, and success in traditional Chinese culture.

Other years of the dragon include: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952

Were you born during one of the years above or do they have significance in your life? If you’re interested, click here to find out what your Chinese zodiac sign is and what it represents!

Check out this guide from Time Out to learn everything you need to know about Chinese New Year, including its origins, traditions, and celebrations. And while you’re at it, learn how to find your Chinese sign courtesy of Cosmopolitan.