We have arrived at that special time of the year that some refer to as the Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year (农历新年 [農曆新年]), or 설날 (Seolnal [Korean New Year]).
And this year it falls on the latest possible date, February 19th.
We'll first place a link here for the Wikipedia entry for the Chinese New Year:
And we'll highlight here on our site the second paragraph:
Next we'll place the Wikipedia link here for the entry for the Korean New Year:Chinese New Year is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours.
And this time I think the third paragraph might be interesting to highlight here:
Of course, we are a little late, because the Korean festivities started earlier today on the 18th in Korea. That is, one day before the actual New Year. The Koreans celebrate for just three days.Korean New Year is generally the same day as Chinese New Year and Vietnamese New Year except when new moon occurs between 15:00 UTC (Korean midnight),16:00 UTC (Chinese midnight)and 17:00, UTC (Vietnam Midnight). In such case (on average once every 24 years), new moon happens on the "next day" in Korea compared to China, and Korean New Year will be one day after Chinese New Year.
I write that "for just three days" because In China the celebrations might last for much longer depending upon how much free time you have. I'll let you read about that on that page for which the link is provided above.
There are many other countries and regions that have variations of this important holiday and I'll provide this page from Wikipedia that can get you started on studying those, if you wish.
So I'll close this post with a simple Happy New Year to all those that will be celebrating it.