On February 12, 2021, over a billion people in China and millions worldwide will celebrate the first day of the Chinese New Year. Also known as the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, the exact date of the 15-day commemoration, which marks the end of winter, is determined by the lunar calendar. It falls somewhere between late January to mid-February each year. Every Chinese year is characterized by one of twelve animals, as well as one of five elements: metal, water, wood, fire, or earth. One ancient folklore attributes the animal-based zodiac to Lord Buddha. According to the myth, the religious leader invited all animals to celebrate the New Year and honored the twelve that came — Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig — by naming a year after them. Perhaps you might have some classmates or friends who celebrate Lunar New Year! If you do remember to wish them Happy Lunar New year!
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