Friday, February 16, 2018

Chinese New Year: Learn about the World with the Como Desktop Globe

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is a fascinating holiday, between January 21 and February 20, people of Chinese descent gather to celebrate the beginning of a new year. Dragon parades and red lanterns are some of the tradition decorations seen at this time of the year. The exact date at which the Chinese New Year is celebrated changes from year to year,because it is based on the lunar calendar and not on the solar calendar unlike most methods of timekeeping. Various celebrations are held throughout the continent of Asia and not just in China.

Chinese New Year's Decorations
This Lunar New Year is a time to invoke positive spirits and omens for a prosperous year ahead. Also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival the New Year is the largest and most significant holiday in China. From February 16- February 18, the Year of the Rooster will give way to the Year of the Dog. These are  two of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. Those born in the Year of the Dog are often described as loyal, yet stubborn and selfless yet critical. Rituals involving food and fireworks are performed to invoke prosperity and good fortune for the coming year.

Chinese New Year's Market
In Chinese culture, red is a color associated with happiness and celebration, on the months leading up to the Chinese New Year, the color red is everywhere in decorations. Malls, office buildings, and shopping centers are decorated in with lanterns in this vibrant hue. Red lanterns are hung from ceilings to invoke positive energy.
According to legend, the animals were chosen by the Jade Emperor, who ordered all the animals to come to him and selected the first 12 to arrive as the ones for the Chinese zodiac.

Como Desktop Globe

There are so many different fascinating traditions and customs around the world celebrating the beginning of a New Year. Learn more about different celebrations around the world by purchasing a globe or map of your own. Pick a place or particular celebration to learn more about. The Como Desktop Globe is a great option to learn about new places, the bright colors and descriptions make it easy to use as a reference tool. An internal LED provides the option to use it as a back drop or night light. 

Check out our website for this and other fascinating resources to learn more about the wonderful world around us.

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