Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, starts today, the 12th February, and marks the start of a new lunar year (and the start of a new moon).
The festival begins today, and lasts up to 16 days, with a celebration of food, fireworks, special clothing and lanterns to mark the occasion.
In Chinese tradition, each year is named after one of 12 animals, which feature in the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The animals will have a year dedicated to them once every 12 years, in a cycle.
This year, marks the change from the year of the Rat, to the year of the Ox.
Although the festivities may be different this year with the coronavirus restrictions, the traditions and the meaning behind the celebrations remain the same, and we hope that everyone can enjoy this new year celebration period.