Lunar New Year is tomorrow, Friday, February 12 of 2021. This means the start of 15 days celebrating the Year of the Ox. In truth, the festivities will be beginning early tonight–on Lunar New Year’s Eve, if you will–with shared feasts in countless households across the Asian world.
Since the ox is a hardworking animal, the Year of the Ox is supposed to signify more movement. This coming Lunar Year is to meant to be less static than the last, apparently.
Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival: it is the beginning of the march towards spring, when we can finally start to leave behind the harsh cold of the deep winter months.
Gatherings will unfortunately still be limited by COVID-19, but the spirit of the holiday will still be more than present in the hearts of those who celebrate it. Introverts might even appreciate the more reflective nature of a more solitary Lunar New Year in comparison to the usually more raucous festivities.
(But who am I kidding? I can’t wait for everyone to be vaccinated and for reality to return. I’m 24, dammit!)