If you’re into Chinese dating, you might be interested in learning about the Lunar New Year celebrations that are just starting to kick off in China and other countries across Asia this week. It is time to welcome the year of the sheep!
The Lunar New Year is one of the most widely anticipated annual celebrations for people in China. In fact, hundreds of millions of people travel home for this celebration, making it the world’s largest annual human migration, Over the 40-day period, approximately three billion passenger trips will be booked on planes, trains, and automobiles.
The Lunar New Year celebration, which officially began on February 18th, is also known as the Spring Festival in China. It kicks off with a large meal. This is called the “reunion dinner”, perhaps because so many families travel to be together for this celebration. If you are in a Chinese dating relationship, it might also be a nice time to travel and meet your new love’s family.
As we move out of the year of the horse and into the year of the sheep, there is some debate as to which year it actually is. Some people say it’s the year of the sheep, while others believe it is the year of the goat or the year of the ram.
This so-called controversy isn’t really an issue in China; the character for sheep and goat are the same, so the Mandarin language doesn’t distinguish between the two. It’s only in the West that people are arguing!
Whether you are celebrating the year of the sheep, goat, or ram, we wish you a happy Lunar New Year!