hinese New Year is coming, what’s better than a fancy dinner enjoying the traditional tastes of China? Find out in this article what could make you feel a little bit closer to the “Middle Earth”, a word that comes from the mandarin name of China, “Zhongguo”, which actually means “country in the middle”.
But let’s take a step back and discover the origins of this celebration!
Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year and it is also known as the “Spring Festival” (春节) because people welcome the spring season by praying to gods and ancestors. There is no set date for Chinese New Year because it is celebrated according to the lunar calendar, so that Spring Festival could occur between January the 21st and February the 20th. Every year is related to an animal sign, based on a twelve-year cycle which results in the Chinese Zodiac. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
2020 is the year of the rat,