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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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