Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Lunar New Year

      Today is Lunar New Year for millions of Asians and anybody else who'd like to have a great party.

      Now before I post on the Lunar New Year I have to say my knowledge about it is limited. However, I find the whole concept fascinating. First, I find it hard to get my head around the lunar calendar concept. Then add to that, many Asian cultures have their own version of calendars.  After that each culture puts it's own spin on the celebrations.

     So Lunar New Years can very from Jan 21 to Feb. 20. These variations come about as a result of the cycles of the moon. A lunar calendar is based on moon cycles. The Gregorian calendar , which we use,  is based on the earth's revolution around the sun. Adding to the complication is a Julian calendar which was heavily influenced by the Greek Orthodox denomination.

    I think I'm going to have to do some serious research on calendars. 

    Meanwhile, I'm going to wish all Asian celebrants of the Lunar New Year a happy year of the sheep.  Next year the lunar New Year will be Feb. 9.

    Celebrations, here in Alberta, are colorful and elaborate. There is much excitement with hope for peace joy, happiness and lots of money!

     It sounds like I should go out and find a party to join instead of going to bed at 10:30 PM as on our New year's Eve. 

     Do any of you enjoy the Lunar New year's Eve? I think I've been missing out on something.