Chinese New Year: Year Of The Goat

The Spring Festival, more commonly known as the Chinese New Year, is the most important of Chinese holidays. Today we enter into the Year of the Goat. Festivities around the world have started and will end around the 25th. During this season, millions of people travel back to their home place {in China} to celebrate the new year with their families.


The celebrations typically go from the Chinese NYE {last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar} to the Lantern Festival, establishing this to be the longest festival in the Chinese calendar. Since the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is also referenced as the "Lunar New Year".

Chinese New Year: Year Of The Goat

The Chinese New Year is celebrated in areas with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, as well as in Chinatowns across the United States and elsewhere.

Chinese New Year: Year Of The Goat

Within China, customs and traditions for the Chinese New Year vary. Traditionally families clean the house thoroughly to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. The doors and windows are decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with themes of "good fortune," "happiness," "wealth," and "longevity" as well as lighting firecrackers outside and handing out red paper envelopes with money.

Read more about the Chinese New Year celebrations this year in the Wall Street Journal and find where you can partake in the festivities this evening in your local area.

Your Turn....

Do you know what year your birthday is associated in the Chinese New Year: Goat, Monkey, Tiger, Rooster....?!