Year of the Rabbit
Gospel Living


01/22/23 | 1 min read
That means “Happy New Year” in Mandarin!

When you hear “new year,” you probably automatically think of January 1. But did you know that lots of people are celebrating a new year this week?

Lunar New Year celebrates the start of a new lunar calendar year, where months are based on the cycles of the moon. Each year is associated with an animal. This year is the year of the rabbit!

Nowadays, many cultures that celebrate Lunar New Year also use the Gregorian calendar (the January–December calendar you’re probably most familiar with), but Lunar New Year is still a really big deal. Celebrations can last for weeks and often include:

  • Remembering and honoring ancestors (yay for family history!).
  • Decorating everything in the color red because it’s considered a lucky color.
  • Eating delicious foods like dumplings and spring rolls.
  • Giving red packets with money inside to children and friends.
  • Setting off lots of fireworks.

Because of Jesus Christ, any day can be the beginning of a newer and brighter life story!

Think about It

Doctrine and Covenants 88:79 says we should learn about “things which are at home, things which are abroad; … and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms.” Why do you think it’s important for each of us to learn about cultures that are different from our own?

Learn more about Lunar New Year here.
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