Feb. 12, 2021, marks the Chinese New Year! In China, they celebrate the holiday for seven days beginning Feb. 11, New Year’s Eve, and continuing through Feb. 20.
Because the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar, the second new moon after the winter solstice each year falls on a different day, usually between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20.
It is also referred to as the Luna New Year. Families will gather and celebrate with moon cakes, fireworks, red clothes, and decorations, to name a few traditions. Each new year represents an animal from the Chinese zodiac as well – 12 that rotate in a cycle. This year marks the Year of the Ox. If you were born in a Year of the Ox, you may possess some of that animal’s dominant characteristics: stability, loyalty, resilience, and patience. Your precious stones include coral, jade, and emerald. Your lucky flower is the rose.
At the Maridon, we have several representations of the zodiac animals, including a cloisonne ox and cart. Our collections committee members Carole, Anne, and Cyndy assembled an exhibit displaying the zodiac animals. Visitors can enjoy reading about their Chinese zodiac animal and its characteristics in our Scholar’s Gallery.