February is the shortest month of the year, but it also feels like the busiest. This year, the month will start grand – with the celebration of Lunar New Year on February 1. Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year are similar, but the second one is also celebrated in other Asian countries.

Lunar New Year marks the start of a calendar year based on moon cycles. The tradition has been followed since the 14th century BC, and it usually happens between the end of January and mid-February. Last year, it fell on February 12. However, it isn’t just a one-day event but a 15-day glorious holiday spent with family and friends. People prepare for it by cleaning their houses, making symbolic foods, putting up brilliant decorations, and letting off firecrackers. Several parades and other festivals are also held.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger (February 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023), with water as the element of the year. The Lantern Festival ends the 15-day occasion by letting paper lanterns off into the sky.