This year we are celebrating the Year of the Rat on January 25, 2020. People born in the Year of the Rat are traditionally associated with being charming, creative, curious, and hard-working. The Rat is the first zodiac sign in the Chinese calendar. Since the Chinese zodiac cycles every 12 years, the next calendar Year of the Rat will be in 2032.
More than a billion people in China, along with millions of people from around the world will celebrate the most important Chinese holiday – the Chinese New Year. China, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, along with many more Asian countries celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Every year of the lunar calendar in China is represented by one of twelve animal symbols from the Chinese zodiac.
The twelve animal symbols are as follows: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (Goat), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar. With the 12-year cycle of the animal zodiac, you get to enjoy your favorite animal zodiac or your ‘Year of Birth’ sign once every 12 years.
The following is a list of the future animal years to look forward to:
– 2020 Rat (January 25, 2020)
– 2021 Ox (February 12, 2021)
– 2022 Tiger (February 02, 2022)
– 2023 Rabbit (January 22, 2023)
– 2024 Dragon (February 10, 2024)
– 2025 Snake (January 29, 2025)
– 2026 Horse (February 17, 2026)
– 2027 Sheep (February 06, 2027)
– 2028 Monkey (January 26, 2028)
– 2029 Chicken (February 13, 2029)
– 2030 Dog (February 03, 2030)
The Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival.
Traditional Chinese calendar defines the Chinese New Year as the first day of the first month.
The Gregorian calendar is based on a solar calendar, whereas the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar indicates both the time of the solar year and the phase of the moon.
A lunar month is generally two days shorter than a solar month. Therefore, to keep pace with the solar calendar, every few years an additional month is added. This is why, based on the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.
Generally, the festivities commence on New Year’s Eve and continue for approximately fifteen days. New Year is a time for families to get together. People will often visit family and friends, enjoy traditional Chinese New Year events, go shopping, enjoy firework displays, and make plans for the year ahead.
The celebration in honor of heaven, earth, the family’s ancestors and other gods are common during this time of the year. As the most important public holiday in China, many workers enjoy seven days off from work, including the weekend.
Calling Internationally is very Affordable during the Lunar New Year.
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Calling Cards to Laos: 5¢ per minute
Calling Cards to Malaysia: 1¢ per minute
Calling Cards to the Philippines: 7.7¢ per minute
Calling Cards to Singapore: 0.59¢ per minute (less than a penny per minute)
Calling Cards to South Korea: 0.68¢ per minute (less than a penny per minute)
Calling Cards to Thailand, Bangkok: 0.86¢ per minute (less than a penny per minute)
Calling Cards to Vietnam: 4.4¢ per minute
Calling Cards to the UK, London: 0.5¢ per minute (less than a penny per minute)
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