I don’t know about you, but I love looking at the moon. I think it’s beautiful, and it reminds me that the universe is change. It’s in motion. Always. That is nature. It’s what it means to exist. I think life- and we as human beings- exist so the universe can experience itself. Its beauty and what we might view as its horrors.
The new year is also a time to evaluate. A time to take stock of what is working in our lives (and what isn’t). At FWMG we are taking this time to review our processes and procedures, to make sure they are effective, efficient, and helping us serve you well. It is a good time to review budgets, financial plans, beneficiaries, and estate documents.
In addition to self evaluation, this year I’m learning about the Lunar New Year. I’m learning about what the lunar calendar is, and how the beginning of a new lunar year is celebrated in different cultures. Here’s some of what I’ve learned.
- The Lunar New Year is celebrated on the first new moon of the lunar calendar being followed.
- Lunar calendars are based on the monthly cycles of the moon’s phases, in contrast to solar calendars, which are based on where the earth is on its orbit around the sun. They are approximately 29 ½ days long, so a lunar year is 354 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes, and 34 seconds long. Therefore, a purely lunar calendar is 11-12 days shorter than the solar year.
- Lunar New Year is celebrated by millions of people across the world.
- Spring Festival- the celebration of the new year on the Chinese calendar (which combines lunar and solar calendars)- marks the end of winter and the beginning of the spring season.
- This year Spring Festival begins on February 10th (New Year’s Eve) and will be celebrated until February 24th when festivities will close with a Lantern Festival.
- This New Years Eve begins the year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac. The Dragon is known for its courageousness, intelligence, and passion.
Marking the passage of time and the changes time brings, like ringing in a new year, is one of the primary ways we organize our experience in this world. It’s how we begin to make sense of the insensible. May your new year, whenever and however you celebrate, bring peace and prosperity to you and yours. Bring on the year of the Dragon!