Happy Chinese New Year : Year of the Ox

A Virtual Exhibit from the collection of the Hagen History Center.

Based on the lunar calender, the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important holiday in China. Celebrated with fireworks to scare away monsters and bad luck, the party begins at midnight, New Year's Eve and lasts for 15 days. With the advent of rural workers moving to cities for jobs, the Chinese New Year has become the largest human migration in the world as families gather for the Holiday. That means approximately 300 million people (almost the population of the United States) will travel to their home villages and towns, but not this year! Due to COVID 19 regulations and a resurgance of the virus in parts of the country, China's National Health Commission is mandating a negative COVID - 19 test prior to travel and a 14 day quarantine upon arrival. In Chinese astrology, if you were born in the years 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 or this year, you were born in the Year of the Ox. Oxen are hard workers in the background, intelligent, honest and reliable but never demanding praise.

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Happy Chinese New Year