While New Year’s festivities based on the Gregorian calendar have come and gone, Lunar New Year’s celebrations are just getting started. Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends 15 days later on the lunar calendar’s first full moon. China is well-known for its colorful Lunar New Year celebrations, but many other Eastern and Middle Eastern countries, as well as countries around the globe, host celebrations of their own.
This year, Lunar New Year starts on January 22nd. In the days leading up to the holiday, it’s customary for families to clean their homes to sweep away any bad luck or bad spirits that might trail them into the new year. Other traditions include gifting red envelopes with small amounts of money to children, gathering with family for a feast known as the “reunion dinner,” and decorating homes with red decorations – red being an auspicious color that brings good luck and good fortune.
The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, will usher in the Year of the Rabbit, the fourth and luckiest of all 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The Rabbit is expected to bring hope, peace, and prosperity in 2023 along with a slower pace that encourages moments of calm reflection. In Chinese culture, rabbits are also associated with the moon, so to honor the Year of the Rabbit, the first new moon, and the lunar calendar, we’re showcasing moonstone this month.
As a stone of new beginnings, moonstone aids in meditation, helps us to uncover hidden truths about ourselves, and propels us on our journey inward. Named after its silver-white hue, which resembles the shimmer and brilliance of the moon, moonstone allows us to accept the natural flow of life with all of its ups and downs. On our path to enlightenment, we honor this divine flow as it welcomes us into a new year, every year.