chinese New Year is just around the corner and will soon be celebrated by those who follow calendars that are based around moon cycles.
Interchangeably known as the Lunar New Year, the event does not always occur on the exact same day.
n fact, it can fall anywhere between January 21 and February 20, with the Year of the Ox most recently beginning on February 12.
In addition to refreshing the calendar, the event marks the end of Winter.
For this reason, it also goes by a third name, with some electing to call it the "Spring Festival" instead.
When East Asian countries (including Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia) ring in the Lunar New Year, they will allocate it one of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs.
For instance, 2019 was the Year of the Pig, 2020 was the Year of the Rat, and 2021 was the Year of the Ox.
The corresponding animal for when you were born is meant to have a bearing on your personality traits and characteristics.
if you are conversing with a Cantonese speaker, then you should say: "Sun Leen Fai Lok" which literally translates to "Happy New Year".
However, it is more common to say "Gong hei fat choy", which broadly means "Wishing you prosperity and good health".
Phonetically, this greeting is pronounced "Gong hay fat choy" and is written as 恭喜發財.