Lunar New Year and Oscars 2021

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!! For this edition of the Entertainment column, I wish to give you a slice of culture and traditions that are associated with the Lunar Year (since it’s today)! Lunar New Year is a celebration of the beginning of a new year by the lunar calendar. Last year was the year of the rat (by the Chinese zodiac), and this new year will be the year of the cow. Many regions in Asia and other parts of the world celebrate Lunar New Year and there is no specific date because the date fluctuates based on the lunar cycle. Like many worldwide holidays, there are many traditions and rituals that different countries do, but I will cover some of the basics. For example, in preparation for Lunar New year, many families clean their houses thoroughly to make sure that as they go into the next year, they can have a clean house. With the same intent in mind, many families wear new and clean clothes. Another tradition that is partake is visiting family and giving red envelope that is filled with money or gifts. But for my family, we have a big feast with these long bread/cookie/baguette on a platter, and we meet with older relatives.

Although the Oscars are not occurring for another two months, many on the committee are preparing and planning how to give this prestigious film award to the recipients. The nominations are out for the categories, but there still will be voting, and the award ceremony will take place on April 25, 2021. Along with that, like many other award ceremonies during this pandemic, there will be limited seating and it will be filmed from different areas. The iconic awards ceremony usually always takes place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angles, California, so this change in setting will be something to look forward too!

I hope you have a great weekend and a nice mid-winter break!

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