Many of the celebrations for the Lunar New Year are taking place virtually this year, inspired by food, performances, and art and craft traditions that take place across Asia. The new year begins on 12 February this year, heralded by the new moon that takes place on 11 February.
The Chinese New Year marks the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar, and this year, it ushers in the Year of the Ox. The festival takes place all over China, where the period from 11 to 17 February is a national public holiday. Festivities typically run for two weeks though and the holiday officially ends with the Lantern Festival (February 26). The Lunar New Year is celebrated in many regions and countries that use the lunar calendar or have large Chinese or Chinese-speaking populations. It also is known as the Spring Festival, Tet (Vietnam) and Seollal (Korea).