What is better than a New Year’s celebration? Why, that would be two New Year’s celebrations!
The entire world celebrates New Year’s Eve on December 31 and New Year’s Day on January 1. It’s a time when we reflect on the past year and look ahead to the upcoming year. Some people make New Year’s resolutions. Many don’t. But most start the year off with renewed enthusiasm and hope.
Chinese New Year is on a different date each year in January or February because it’s based on the lunar calendar. It starts on the second new moon (when the moon cannot be seen) after December 21st, the winter solstice. In 2021, Chinese New Year starts on February 12.
Chinese New Year is also called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year and lasts for two weeks. It’s celebrated by billions of people around the world, including my family. We don’t want to pass up a chance for another round of reflection and optimism and hope for the future. That, and we eat very well as we attempt to incorporate all of the symbolic food that is supposed to bring us good health, wealth and happiness.
This year’s zodiac sign in the cycle of 12 animals is the ox. People born in the Year of the Ox are supposed to be natural leaders, patient, intelligent and cheerful. Those sound like great characteristics to have – as well as impactful people to be around. I’m hoping that the entire year of 2021 will mesh with this same description!
If you’d like to learn a little more about Chinese New Year, here are three websites to check out:
What the heck does Chinese New Year have to do with time management and productivity? The underlying principle that I preach is, “Time management is all about mind management.” When our brains are in a positive space, we make better decisions about how we use our time. So lighten your mental load by taking this second opportunity in 2021 to reflect and rejuvenate!