Welcoming the Year of the Rat!

Chinese lanterns

2020 is the Year of the Rat!

Today is Chinese New Year!  On this day, we say goodbye to the year of the pig and welcome the year of the rat. In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth and abundance. Additionally, people born in the year of the rat are said to be intelligent, quick-witted, and vital.

In honor of this Chinese New Year, we’d like to share the following with you.

  • Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. While the temperature is still cold, the festival marks the end of the coldest days and eagerly anticipates the warmth of spring.
  • Chinese New Year is also known as Lunar New Year because many other countries celebrate it as well. For instance, North and South Korea and Vietnam all honor this tradition.
  • Chinese New Year does not have a set date. The holiday is based on the Lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar used by Western cultures.  This means that Chinese New Year can fall anywhere between January 21 and February 20.
  • Chinese New Year was originally a ceremonial day dedicated to praying to the gods and asking for a good planting and harvest season.
  • During Chinese New Year, you are not supposed to shower, sweep, or throw away the garbage because it is felt that you may throw away the good luck that the new year brings.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we celebrate this Chinese New Year.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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