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Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. The earliest recorded festivities in honour of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year (history.com). Many celebrate the December 31st as the end of the year. However, in China, they will celebrate the end of the year in February. Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12th, 2021, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 26th, 2021.
When we think of China, we remember the information we got in the first days of last year. ONE YEAR AGO: The World Health Organization tweeted: “China has reported to WHO a cluster of pneumonia cases — with no deaths — in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Investigations are underway to identify the cause of this illness.” (H/T Anne Alexander.) A year on, the WHO says there have been 83,322,449 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,831,412 deaths.
We hope that the vaccine will work and we will see an end of the pandemic in 2021.
Lucubrate Magazine wishes all the readers a good and healthy new year