Written by Contributor-Let’s Get Stamp
The Lunar New Year, celebrated on January 22 by the Chinese and many other Asian communities, is the most important holiday. 2023 is the year of the rabbit. It is predicted that the year of the rabbit will be the year of hope. What do they mean by that?
In Chinese culture, the rabbit symbolizes peace, prosperity, and longevity. It’s also common for those born in the Year of the Rabbit to be gentle and sympathetic. They are always humble and cordial to all they meet. They are not easily angered and will try to avoid arguments. This is not the first time the Chinese have celebrated the year of the rabbit. Past years of the Rabbit include 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, and 1927.
The Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year and is celebrated for sixteen days. Many activities are part of the custom traditions for the Chinese New Year, such as spending time with relatives, giving lucky gifts, eating traditional foods, staying up late, and making offerings, to name a few.
The Chinese New Year fell on January 22, 2023, and there was a lot to enjoy at the festivities at Gallery Place Chinatown in Washington DC (616 H St. NW DC), where many of the custom traditions were present. There was setting off of fireworks, shopping, dragons dancing, beautiful outfits being worn, red envelopes to buy (means good luck), plenty of food to eat, lanterns strung about the streets, and so much more. All of the colors in the streets were so bright and beautiful. In rain and shine, the festivities still commenced.
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Washington, DC (CCBA), in partnership with the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA), organized The 2023 Annual Chinese Lunar New Year parade.
If you missed the event this year, don’t worry; the Chinese New Year festival happens every year with a different animal. Be sure to be on the lookout for next year’s date.
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