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Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is the first day of the lunisolar calendar. It is celebrated on the new moon that appears between January 21st and February 20th. China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, and South Korea all celebrate Lunar New Year with their own meaning and traditions.

Chinese Calendar | Eurographics | 1000 pieces

According to Korean tradition, it is believed that Buddha invited all the animals of the world to come for a visit, but only 12 animals succeeded. To honor them, Buddha named the years in the order that the animals arrived.

The 12 animals of the Lunar New Year are based on a person’s year of birth (instead of their birth month). Use this calculator to find your Lunar/Chinese zodiac sign Lunar/Chinese Zodiac Calculator

Rat - 2032, 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936

The Rat is the first of all the zodiac animals. People born in a year of the Rat are curious, quick thinkers, clever, smart, resourceful, and thrifty. Rat puzzlers love going thrifting for puzzles.

Harvest Feastival | Gibsons | 1000 pieces

Ox - (Buffalo in Vietnamese culture) 2033, 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949

The Ox is the strongest animal of the 12 signs. People born in these years are good helpers, diligent, strong, honest, dependable, determined, and persistent. Ox puzzlers readily take on the most challenging puzzles.

Cowgirl’s Dream | Very Good Puzzles | 1000 pieces

Tiger - 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938

The tiger is known as the king of all beasts. People born in these years are courageous, daring, generous, brave, charming, well-liked, committed to the common good, and competitive. Tiger puzzlers relish planning and participating in speed puzzling events.

Girl and Tiger | Puzzlelife | 500 pieces

Rabbit - (Cat in Vietnamese culture) 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939

Rabbits symbolize longevity and hope. People born in these years are vigilant, kind, witty, quick-minded, ingenious, skillful, patient, and are steadily moving towards their goals. Rabbit puzzlers exuberantly tackle 3,000+ piece puzzles without a moment’s doubt.

Ever Alert | Heye | 1000 pieces

Dragon - 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976,  1964, 1952, 1940, 1928

Dragons are the most revered animal in Chinese culture. People born in these years are powerful, independent, courageous, tenacious, intelligent, enthusiastic, confident, lucky, and willing to take risks. Dragon puzzlers are likely to be working on more than one puzzle at a time (or writing blog posts).

Dragon of the Yangtze | Pomegranate | 1000 pieces

Snake - 2025, 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929

Snakes are the most mysterious animal of the zodiac. People born in these years are intelligent, wise, complex, intuitive, humorous, sophisticated, and good problem solvers. Snake puzzlers will undoubtedly find a missing piece, should one go missing.

La Charmeuse De Serpents | Puzzlelife | 1000 pieces

Horse - 2026, 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930

Horses represent speed and freedom. People born in these years are animated, active, energetic, outgoing, free spirited, full of energy, studious, and are motivated by happiness. Horse puzzlers are most likely to have a well stocked, happiness producing, puzzle collection.

Stained Glass Horse | SunsOut | 1000 pieces

Goat - (Sheep in Korean culture) 2027, 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931

Goats are the symbol of kindness. People born in these years are loving, selfless, kind hearted, resilient, creative, generous, observant, cooperative, and prefer to be in groups. Goat puzzlers are the anchors of any speed puzzling team.

Sheep at the Gate | Wellspring | 500 pieces

Monkey - 2028, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932

Known for their magnetic personalities, people born in the year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, mischievous, curious, lighthearted, clever, like to accept challenges, and have many interests. Monkey puzzlers may host social media puzzle shows or puzzle podcasts.  

Monkey | Djeco | 350 pieces

Rooster - 2029, 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933

Roosters are happiest when surrounded by others. People born in the year of the Rooster are popular, courageous, talented, confident, amusing, honest, observant, hardworking, and resourceful. You can find Rooster puzzlers arranging local puzzle swaps and events.

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo | Jacarou Puzzles | 1000 pieces

Dog - 2030, 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934

Dogs symbolize loyalty. People born in these years are honest, friendly, watchful, kind, vigilant, reliable partners, and good at helping others find and fix their bad habits. Dog puzzlers are the ones who easily spot and fix false fits.

Dog Walk Panoramic Puzzle | Galison | 1000 pieces

Pig - 2031, 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935

The Pig is the symbol of practicality. People born in these years are prosperous, cheerful, honest, compassionate, generous, enthusiastic, energetic, and devote all their energy to achieving their goals. Pig puzzlers are known to sell most of their used puzzles and/or share them with friends.

Christmas Sweater | SunsOut | 500 pieces

I am so looking forward to January 22, 2023 when the world will welcome The Year of the Rabbit!  When I asked my friend if everyone is invited to celebrate Lunar New Year, she said, “All are welcome … Lunar New Year is for everyone.” I was glad to hear that, because I really enjoyed the Lunar New Year celebration that I attended a few years ago! As I learn more about Lunar New Year, the things I want to appreciate and celebrate on January 22nd are the importance of spending time with loved ones, coming together as a community to celebrate everyone, and having faith and hope in the future.

I am so ready to watch a dragon dance! -@16feet 

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