Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar whose months follow moon cycles. Lunar calendars follow the moon's orbit around the earth and have a 364-day calendar versus Gregorian calendars that take into account the earth's orbit around the sun and have a 365-day calendar. China, Vietnam, South Korea utilize a lunar calendar to track religious and cultural holidays.
Lunar New Year is celebrated in East Asian, South East Asian countries and around the world! China, Vietnam and South Korea celebrate Lunar New Year events. Nearly 1.5 billion people celebrate the holiday. Lunar New Year is also featured in the Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic calendars to signify religious occasions.
Most countries that celebrate Lunar New Year also utilize a lunisolar calendar, a hybrid method of time keeping that takes into account both lunar and Gregorian cycles.
In some countries, dumplings are eaten during Lunar New Year. Have you ever had a dumpling? See below for a dumpling recipe you can try with your family! Mandarin oranges, dried fruits and other sweets are also considered lucky foods.