School News Lunar New Year Posted by secondstreetadmin January 23, 2020 This Saturday, January 25 is Lunar New Year which is celebrated in many countries in Asia and around the world. The date for Lunar new year fluctuates as it begins in the first new moon of the Lunar Calendar. The celebration begins on New Years eve and runs until the first full moon of the calendar, about fifteen days later. In Chinese culture each year is identified on the zodiac calendar. This year is the Year of the Rat. According to the Chinese zodiac story, in the competition held by the Jade Emperor to decide the zodiac animals, the quick-witted rat asked the diligent ox to take him on a ride to cross the river and jumped down before the ox crossed the finish line, so the rat won the race and became the first of the zodiac animals. People born in the year of the rat are characterized as smart, resourceful and quick-witted. They have great imaginations and make sharp observations, with the ability to take advantage of several opportunities. The Lunar New year ends with the Lantern Festival where children go out at night carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles written on the lanterns.