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It’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

January 22 marks the start of the Lunar New Year! Here's what it means and how you can celebrate!

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What is the Lunar New Year?

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many Asian countries and begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends 15 days later on the first full moon of the lunar calendar. Since the lunar calendar is based on the moon’s cycles, the dates of the celebration vary slightly from year to year. The Lunar New Year traditionally includes family gatherings, religious ceremonies, fireworks, parades, and food. 

Fun facts about the Lunar New Year

  • Many Asian countries celebrate unique versions of the Lunar New Year, including China (Chunjie), Korea (Seollal), Vietnam (Tết Nguyên Đán), and Tibet (Losar)—all bringing different traditions, customs, and foods to the table!
  • During the Lunar New Year, a popular tradition is to hand out envelopes filled with money to friends, family members, and children. Many countries use red envelopes to symbolize prosperity, while others use other colors like white, green, or purple.
  • Every Lunar New Year is represented by one of the 12 animal signs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Many people believe that their zodiac sign—determined by the year they’re born—influences their personality, fortune, health, and even relationship compatibility.

How we're celebrating

One of the best ways to learn is to engage in open dialogue and participate in activities. We encourage our employees to take advantage of the opportunities we provide to have conversations and celebrate in a safe, inclusive environment:

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