Chinese New Year and Asian countries use different calendars and celebrates different days. As for Chinese first day of the year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. Another colorful new near celebration in Asia, is Persian New Year, Nowroz literally means New Day.
Chinese New Year,
also known as the Spring Festival traditionally celebrated from the evening starting the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. Chinese New Year is not celebrated in all Asia but in countries with significant Chinese populations, such as Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius and Philippine. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and some of them take a month holiday. In the year of Rabbit, 2011 Shanghai got so empty that got me scared during the first month of the year, specially in the first weeks. Maybe it is because the majority of people working in Shanghai come from the cities and villages out of Shanghai and they use the time to go home on holiday.
Rabbit is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. For Chinese people, the rabbit is a tame animal representing hope. The moon goddess Chang’e, a Chinese legend had a rabbit as her pet. The next Rabbit year is 2023.
They say the ones born in Year of Rabbit impress others with an image of grace, tenderness and sensitive. They are romantic in relationship etc…. Chinese community in Rome has been celebrating their new year for many years. I haven’t been lucky enough to be in Rome during the Chinese New Year but I’m told its very beautiful.
The last day of Chinese Spring Festival celebrations in Yu Gardens in Shanghai, a feast of lanterns, colors and dumplings.