Lunar New Year Celebrations Start Today

This year, Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, begins today, continues with celebrations that last up to 16 days and culminates in the Spring Lantern Festival on February 26. 

The Lunar New Year signifies a chance to start fresh, enjoy family and share in the hope of good things to come. 

Today marks the first day of xin chou year, or Year of the Metal Ox. Hong Kong-based feng shui master Thierry Chow told CNN that the ox is a hardworking zodiac sign that signifies movement.

“So, hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again in the second half of the year,” she said.

She added that the metal element of the year represents an emphasis on metal industries in 2021, from jewelry to “the needle of a syringe.”

Learn more about Chinese New Year at and in a news article in USA Today, “Lunar New Year 2021: What does the ox symbolize, and how will it be celebrated during COVID-19 pandemic?”

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