For updated global info & data on COVID-19, please click HERE.For updated global data & graphs on COVID-19, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases and death counts in USA by state, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida via Florida COVID Action, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida, via Florida state government, please click HERE.Today, Friday, February 12, 2021, is the first day of the Chinese/Lunar New Year (the Chinese Lunar New Year Day) of the Year of the Ox, and the Year of the Ox is lasting until January 31, 2022. It will be a Metal Ox year. An Ox Year occurs once every 12 years. The recent zodiac years of the Ox sign are: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033.
In the video published on Feb. 12, 2021, “Biden’s Lunar New Year greetings“, below:
In the video published on Feb. 12, 2021, “World leaders send Chinese New Year greetings“, below:
In the video published on Feb. 10, 2021, “Chinese New Year Around the World 2021m[UltraHD], Amazing Lion Dance Lunar New Year Eve Celebration”
For more on Chinese/Lunar New Year, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below: Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolarChinese calendar. In Chinese culture and Asian countries within the Sinosphere, the festival is also commonly referred to as Spring Festival (traditional Chinese: 春節; simplified Chinese: 春节; pinyin: Chūn Jié) as the spring season in the lunisolar calendar traditionally starts with lichun, the first of the twenty-four solar terms which the festival celebrates around the time of the Lunar New Year. Marking the end of winter and the beginning of the spring season, observances traditionally take place from New Year’s Eve, the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, 12 February, which is the Year of the Ox.Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China, and has strongly influenced Lunar New Year celebrations such as the Losar of Tibet (Tibetan: ལོ་གསར་) and of China’s neighbouring cultures, including the Korean New Year (Korean: 설날, seollal), and the Tết of Vietnam. It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries that house significant Overseas Chinese or Sinophone populations, including Taiwan, Singapore,Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar,Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines,and Mauritius, as well as in North America and Europe.The Chinese New Year is associated with several myths and customs. The festival was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely,and the evening preceding the New Year’s Day is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annualreunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets. Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. For the northern regions of China, dumplings are featured prominently in meals celebrating the festival. It often serves as the first meal of the year either at midnight or as breakfast of the first day.
“GMA” takes a look at the holiday full of joy, gifts and food that is celebrated by various cultures and people around the world, in the video published on Feb. 12, 2021, “Celebrating the year of the ox for Lunar New Year, GMA“, below:
A look at how countries around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year. This is the year of the ox, in the video published on Feb. 12, 2021, “How Lunar New Year 2021 is celebrated around the world“, below:
For the second time, Chinese New Year will be celebrated under the shadow of the coronavirus. That means no official fireworks, no temple fairs, and no non-essential travel. Some provinces are even paying people to stay home, in the video published on Feb. 12, 2021, “Chinese New Year Festivities Kick Off Under Shadow Of. Coronavirus, NBC News Now“, below:
In January 2020, as details of a mysterious pneumonia started emerging, hundreds of millions of Chinese travelers boarded planes and trains in the world’s biggest annual human migration – the Lunar New Year holidays. One year on, China’s success in controlling the pandemic is accelerating its economic ascent, but it may still be some years before the sheer scale of the annual celebration returns to pre-pandemic levels, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “How Covid Will Change the Chinese Lunar New Year Holidays?“, below:
Give your early learners background knowledge on Lunar New Year with this free video from Scholastic News. Your students will learn about this special holiday’s traditions from getting a haircut to celebrations on the streets! In the video published on Feb. 1, 2021, “Lunar New Year for Kids, Educational Video“, below:
Chinese both at home and abroad are celebrating China’s Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox. China Media Group’s major Spring Festival gala kicked off the festivities with hundreds of millions of Chinese tuning in to watch the TV extravaganza. But the huge migration of people traveling home for family reunions and celebrations is not happening this year because of precautions over COVID-19, in the video published on Feb. 12, 2021, “The Heat: Chinese New Year“, below:
Happy New Year of the Ox! With Lunar New Year coming up, here are a list of 18 superstitions, taboos and Chinese traditions you should do and avoid doing. Whether you believe in superstitions or not, these are light-hearted takes on things I’ve grown up hearing. Wishing you a joyous and healthy year ahead, in the video published on Feb. 10, 2021, “18 Things You Shouldn’t Do During Lunar New Year 2021“, below:
2021 is a year of the Ox, starting from February 12th, 2021 (Chinese lunar New Year Day) and lasting until January 31st, 2022. It will be a Metal Ox year. The zodiac sign Ox occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig, in the video published on Jan. 17, 2021, “Chinese Zodiac 2021, The Story of the Ox and its Personality Origin“, below:
The Ox sign of the Chinese zodiac will encounter its ‘birth year’ (benmingnian本命年) again in Ox year 2021. Oxen are expected to face many challenges when their birth year recurs every twelfth year. Check the video to see the Ox horoscope for 2021 in career, relationships, fortune and health. And get to know how oxen can bring good luck in their birth year, in the video published on Jan. 29, 2021, “2021 Ox Chinese Horoscope, How can bring good luck on Birth Year?” below:
Virtual choir performance without instrumental accompaniment. Performed by Salt Lake Chinese Choir / www.saltlakechinesechoir.com, in the video published on Feb. 3, 2021, “New Year Medley 新年組曲 (Arr. Wei-Chi Huang)“, below:
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